Beautiful Yellow Flowers in full bloom.

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Men towing Ice Slabs on their make ship four wheel bullock cart carriage.

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Elderly man on his morning errand.

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New arrival

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First Shikshak Sahitya Sammelan

The very first ‘ Shikshak Sahitya Sammelan’ gets underway on Saturday 17th February morning 9.30 am with the customary flag off of ‘ Grantha Dindi’ from the residence of ‘ Mahamopadhyaya DV Potdar situated near Old Shaniwar Peth Police Chowkey.

The Dindi proceeds from Phutka Bridge Marg and culminates at Balgandharva Rang Mandir.

Veteran Sahityik NM Joshi will officially Flag Off the same.

Later in the day by about 12pm – Dr SB Muzumdar founder Symbiosis International University will officially declare the Sammellan open.

Dr Sadanand More- former Presdent Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan will officially preside over the proceddings.

A galaxy of functions have been lined up for the remaining session thereafter.

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17वा शनिवारवाडा नृत्य आणि संगीत महोत्सव 25 फेब्रुवारी रोजी संपन्न होणार

15/2/2018

पुणे ः नृत्य, घुंगरू, संगीत, ताल, लय यांचा अजोड मिलाफ असलेला 17वा शनिवारवाडा नृत्य आणि संगीत महोत्सव ऐतिहासिक शनिवारवाड्याच्या प्रांगणात रविवार, 25 फेब्रुवारी 2018 रोजी सायंकाळी 6.30 वाजता संपन्न होत आहे. पवित्र भट व सहकारी यांचा ‘श्रीरंगा द रिक्लाइनिंग लॉर्ड’ हा कार्यक्रम आणि नक्षत्र गुरुकुलाने सादर केलेले गोतिपुआ नृत्य हे या महोत्सवाचे यंदाचे विशेष आकर्षण ठरणार आहे. शनिवारवाडा नृत्य आणि संगीत महोत्सव समिती अध्यक्षा सबीना संघवी यांनी ही माहिती दिली.
शनिवारवाडा नृत्य आणि संगीत महोत्सवाच्या या कार्यक्रमाच्या प्रवेशिका बालगंधर्व रंगमंदिर, यशवंतराव चव्हाण नाट्यगृह, टिळक स्मारक मंदिर, डीव्हीडी एक्सप्रेस-औंध आणि दि ओ हॉटेल-कोरेगांव पार्क येथे 16 ते 24 फेब्रुवारीपर्यंत उपलब्ध असतील. तसेच कार्यक्रमाच्या दिवशी सकाळी 11.00 वाजल्यापासून कार्यक्रमस्थळी प्रवेशिका उपलब्ध असतील. प्रवेशिकेची किंमत रु. 250 असून प्रथम येणार्‍यास प्राधान्य या तत्त्वावर आसनव्यवस्था असेल. तसेच www.bookmyshow.com या वेबसाइटवर ऑनलाईन बुकींग करता येतील.
कार्यक्रमाचा प्रारंभ पवित्र भट व सहकारी यांच्या ‘श्रीरंगा द रिक्लाइनिंग लॉर्ड’ या नृत्याच्या कार्यक्रमाने होईल. पवित्र भट यांनी देशात आणि परदेशातही अनेक भरतनाट्यम् कार्यशाळा आयोजित केल्या. ‘श्रीरंगा’ या कार्यक्रमात एका भक्ताचा पवित्र कावेरी नदीपासून सध्याच्या तामिळनाडू राज्यातील श्रीरंगम् येथील रंगनाथस्वामीपर्यंतचा प्रवास सादर केला आहे. भक्ताने मंदिरात प्रवेश करताक्षणी गरूड त्याचे स्वागत करतो. हा सर्व नृत्याविष्कार कार्यक्रम प्रेक्षकांना मंत्रमुग्ध करेल.
यानंतर नक्षत्र गुरुकुलाने सादर केलेले गोतिपुआ नृत्य सादर होईल. नक्षत्र गुरुकुलाची स्थापना त्याचे संस्थापक संचालक गुरु बिजय कुमार साहू यांनी 2007 मध्ये भुवनेश्वर येथे केली. ओडिसी डान्सचा पूर्वावतार असलेले गोतिपुआ नृत्य हे स्त्रियांची वेशभूषा व पोशाख केलेली मुले सादर करतात. गोतिपुआचा ओडिया भाषेतील अर्थ गोती म्हणजे मुलगी आणि पुवा म्हणजे मुलगा आहे. यात नर्तक अनेक गुंतागुंतीच्या बंध (मुद्रा) करतो.
उमेशचंद्र बरिक, सब्यसाची साहू, जगमोहन साहू, कुणाल प्रधान, अनंत जेना, अभिषेक साहू आणि पबित्रा साहू हे गोतिपुआ नृत्य सादर करणार आहेत. हे मनोहर नृत्य पाहण्याची संधी पुणेकरांना प्रथमच मिळणार आहे.
यंदाच्या महोत्सवाचे मुख्य प्रायोजक पंचशील रिअ‍ॅलिटी हे असणार आहेत, तर 5 एफ वर्ल्ड, वेकफील्ड, मोर मिसचीफ, रेडिओ वन, दि ओ हॉटेल आणि प्युअर गोल्ड फाइन चॉकलेट हे या कार्यक्रमाचे सह प्रायोजक असतील
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Varsha Chordia, Sabina Sangavi, Jackie Shroff and Gayatridevi Patwardhan at the Shaniwarwada Dance and Music Festival Press Conference at Patrakar Bhavan, Pune

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The Book Club- Pune

DVR Rao, better known as “Nani”, is a regular member of The Book Club, Pune.
Nani has written a novel: Through The Glass Ceiling and it’s to be launched on Saturday 17th February 2018 at 6:30pm at Conference Hall #2 at Poona Club.

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First Teachers’ Literary Meet in Pune.

First Teachers’ Literary Meet in Pune on 17th& 18th February

Pune, The first literary meet of the teachers in Pune city and district is to be held in Pune at Kavivarya G. D. Madgulkar Sahitya Nagari, Balgandharva Auditorium, Pune on February 17th and 18th. Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, founder of Symbiosis University will inaugurate the event while Dr. Sadanand More, former president of All India Marathi Meet will preside the function. The two-day event will see many programs such as book procession, inauguration ceremony, seminars, poetry session, drama reading, speeches, cultural programs and concluding ceremony etc. The first literary meet of the teachers has been organized by Shaniwarwada Art Festival and education boards of Zilla Parishad & Pune Municipal Corporation, informed the convenor and welcoming president of the first Teachers’ literary meet MLA Vijay Kale.

MLA Vijay Kale said, “Teachers are looked upon as the cultural centres after the parents. Even though their real identity is someone who cultivate students, today the situation is such that teacher are labourers who work subserviently. The question arises whether the sensibility and creativity of teachers are killed because of extra work besides teaching their students. Therefore, the first literary meet of the teachers is organized to foster their creativity and sensibility”.

He said that this meet is all about teachers. All the work of the meet from organizing it to prepare invitation cards to fix the agenda has been done by the teachers.

The book procession has been organized on day one, Saturday, at 10.00 PM from the residence of Mahamahopadhyay D. V. Potdat to Balgandharva Auditorium. Veteran author Dr. N. M. Joshi will start the book procession. Then the puja and inauguration will take place at Balgandharva Auditorium.

The afternoon session will consist of speech by guests from Manshakti Centre at Lonavala. They will guide on how teachers should maintain their physical, intellectual and mentL health. The program has been organized so that teachers should benefit in view of their wellness and mentl health as also they could express themselves better.

Then the storytelling program will take iplace in the morning session in the chief presence of daily Sakal’s editor Malhar Arankalle. It will be followed by the seminar on ‘Value Education – The need of hour’ with participation from veteran author Jyotiram Kadam alsong with teacher from Ramanbag School Charulata Desai, poet and secretary of Mumbai Board Anil Gunjal, Sushilabai Veerkar, Smita Ovhal etc. The day one will conclude with the cultural programs.

The day two, Sunday February 18th, will begin with the poetry session in morning presided by the veteran poet Dr. Ashwini Ghongade. It will be followed by the seminar on ‘Can constructivism be an alternative to the traditional education?’. Varsha Kshirsagar, teacher from Shrimati Shantadevi Gupta School in Bhaje, Malavali, teacher Shrikant Chougule from Shri Annasaheb Magar School at Pimple Saudagar, Education Officer from Satara Dr. Pratibha Bharade and veteran author Dr. V. N. Landge will speak on the occasion.

Besides these, the literature teacher from poets and authors has been invited for the occasion. A book containing the articles and poems chosen by a committee of these teachers in literature will be published. An exhibition of paintings done by the art teachers will be on show in the G. D. Madgulkar Sahitya Nagari, Balgandharva Auditorium coinciding with the occasion.

The dram reading will take place at the concluding ceremony and the concluding will take place by Pune’s Guardian Minister Girish Bapat and veteran poet Dr. Aruna Dhere, informed MLA Vijay Kale.

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SWA is supporting this 2-days comedy writing workshop (with aspecial 20% discount for SWA members).

About the workshop:

‘How to Write a Comedy Script?’ – A Workshop by AnuvabPal (supported by SWA)
William Shakespeare once said, comedy is tragedy plus time. But is it reallythat simple? What makes a scene or a script inherently comic? Is it tone,content, situation, absurdity, the opposite of what would happen in regularlife, all of these or none of these?

The workshop:
In a 2-day workshop, Anuvab Pal takes you through writing and buildingthe structure of comedy scripts, focusing on how to write a comic scene, andthe tools required/ differences to establish in building a comedy story asopposed to any other genre. Ultimately, as someone said, funny is funny, but inthe age of stand up comedy that’s very fashionable in India today, canthis be taught? Or is it just instinct? What’s the difference between writingcharacters and doing stand-up? Is being funny the same as writing funny? Comefind out.

The mentor:
Anuvab Pal according to The Times Of India is one of India’s top 10comedians and according to the NY Times, India’s Most Intelligent Stand-Up. Hebegan his career at The Comedy Store (now Canvas Laugh Club) in 2010 and hasdone sold out shows in 30 Indian cities and 11 countries around the world. Hisstand up special Alive At 40 is now on Amazon Prime. He is the screenwriter ofthe comedy films Loins Of Punjab Presents and The President Is Coming. Hislatest comedy series Going Viral is now streaming on Amazon Prime.

Date and Time:
24 & 25 Feb, 2018
10:30 AM – 5:30 PM (both days)

Fee:
INR 5,000/- per person for the entire durationof the workshop.
(The price is inclusive of all taxes and lunch forboth days)
Discounted Price for SWA members: INR 4,000/-

Venue:
The Bombay Art Society, 2 Floor, Opp. HotelRangsharda, Reclamation, Bandra West. Mumbai – 50

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