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The settings might not have been as grand as the Kodak Theatre nor did the crowd resemble the crème de la crème gathering of the Oscars...

February 25, 2009 5:07:05 am

And the award goes to…
The settings might not have been as grand as the Kodak Theatre nor did the crowd resemble the crème de la crème gathering of the Oscars but the excitement and euphoria seemed unparalleled and unmatched as the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology walked away with top honours at the finals of the Firodiya Karandak inter-college Drama festival held at the Yeshwantrao Chavan hall on Monday. Their play Tujhya Majhya Save depicts the debatable topic of live-in relationships. “The play speaks about how a young couple who are in a live-in relationship come to stay with an old married couple,the trials and tribulations the young couple face,their quirks and the uncertainty they face when it comes to committing to each other for a lifetime,” says director of the play Neeraj Kulkarni. The other colleges that basked in glory on the big night were College of Engineering Pune,who won the first runners up award for their play Pravesh Doosra and Indian Law School for their play Gharwali which is adapted from a Urdu play by Ismat Chutgai,of the same name. Ferguson College picked up the special Jury award for their play Jhaad Lavnara Manoos which is an adaptation of Jean Giono’s A Man who Planted Trees. In addition to these awards,awards for the best dance,choreography,sculptures,sand animation,puppetry magic show,female and male lead actors were also announced. The prize distribution ceremony will be held at the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch on March 6 where Taufiq Quershi will be the chief guest.

Brain game
The third edition of the Landmark Quiz in Pune,presented by Playstation,witnessed not only a battle of intelligence and aptitude but also an unmatched display of enthusiasm from the participants as it announced the proud winners of the quiz today. There were around 1200 participants from not just Pune but various other cities like Mumbai,Goa,Hyderabad ,Bangalore and Chennai this year. The winners were announced at the end of a closely contested the final round which was high on drama. The champions walked away with grand prizes worth over one lakh rupees from Landmark! The prizes were given away by the quizmaster Navin Jayakumar.

Scripting success
The Marathi film,Harishchandrachi Factory was adjudged Best Feature Film At Signs 2009 that was held in Kerala recently. The award was announced at the closing ceremony of the festival. The film narrates the story of the hurdles faced by Dhundiraj Phalke (Dada Saheb Phalke) while making his first film. Set in period of early 20th century,the film shows an extremely dramatic and exciting journey of Dadasaheb’s making of India’s first silent film Raja Harishchandra. This debut film in Marathi,has been produced and directed by Paresh Mokashi and the production has been executed by Pune-based Indian Magic Eye Pvt Ltd. The role of Dadasaheb Phalke has been played by Nandu Madhav. Paresh Mokashi was also awarded the best director award during the recently held Pune International Film Festival,2009 and had also received an overwhelming response from viewers. SIGNS included a national level competition for feature and non-feature films made in any format – video,digital or film. As many as 137 films (57 documentaries,58 short films and 22 feature films) figured in the competition organised by the Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI),Kerala.

Rock on
Goldspot ,a Los Angeles band led by Indian born Siddhartha Khosla (songwriter and lead singer) rocked the city with its performance recently. Hailed as the best band to come out of America in years,they are a classic mix of Bollywood,the US west coast and British guitar pop. Goldspot have also done the soundtrack for the popular motion picture The President Is Coming. The band performed in the city on Friday at Rayban Vh1 Global Music Xpress at Hard Rock Café. Conceptualised by Viacom Brand Solutions,Goldspot kick started its India tour in Mumbai followed by its Pune performance. Siddhartha Khosla,lead singer said,”Pune is an amazing audience and has a large appetite for rock.”

Million dollar moment
A quiet morning trip to a shopping mall bought about unprecedented goodies to a family of four as they ended up becoming the one-millionth customers and winning a shopping voucher worth Rs One lakh at any of the 50 stores located within Ishanya. The icing on the cake for the winner Jitendra Kulkarni and his entire family was the fact that the award was presented to them by actor Jackie Shroff. Speaking about the event Shroff says,“I am happy for the winners,it’s a nice thing that they have won such a huge prize,I know what value this huge amount has for anyone and I am hopeful that they will be able to shop for everything that they need.” The winner Jitendra Kulkarni says,“It’s a terrific feeling which has yet not sunk in,infact it felt even better to receive the cheque from Shroff. As far as deciding on what we will shop well the list as of now looks endless with digital cameras,mobiles,electronics,and home furniture topping the list. Although I think more than me its my children who are much more tech-savvy than me,so I’ll go by their opinion while shopping.”

On historic backdrop
Shaniwarwada Nritya Mahotsav presented by the organisers of Pune festival was a grand gathering of artistes,musicians and art lovers. Dedicated to danseuse Rohini Bhate,the festival on day one witnessed Shama Bhate and her disciples pay tribute to Rohini Bhate. The highlight of day one was the santoor performance by Rahul Sharma and dance performance by his wife Barkha Sharma. Day two at Shaniwarwada Nritya Mahotsav saw a grand performance titled- Maya Ravan by Shobhana Chandrakumar and her troupe. An amalgamation of art and culture on the backdrop of historic Shaniwarwada left the audience spellbound! The Mahotsav,now in its eighth year is organised as a part of the events organised under Pune festival. Earlier,legends such as Birju Maharaj,Kelucharan Mahapatra,Mallika Sarabhai,Sonal Mansingh,Aman and Ayan Ali Bangash and Alarmel Walli have performed at the Shaniwarwada Festival.

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