Of social issues and the stage

first_imgSandhya Chhaya, as the name signifies, is about the shadow which is cast upon the  evening or the final lap of the life of an elderly lonely couple who endlessly wait for their children to come and wipe away the loneliness hounding the husband-wife.  Through this play a conscious effort has been made to convey a message for youth as well as the senior generation that, first – do not neglect senior citizens. They are a mirror images of one’s old age. Secondly, do not depend on your children for your share of happiness. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Create your own independent world where dependency on the younger generation for company does not exist. If the senior citizens do not do so then sadly their end might be similar to that of the protagonist couple in the play. The play showcases the relentless efforts of a couple to find company; be it through a wrong number or a servant or even a passerby who mistakenly knocks at their door. Such is the desperation.A few other social issues have also been taken care of through Sandhya Chhaya, such as growing discontentment among the youth against the country’s corrupt and immoral conscience. As a result the youth is losing confidence and not willing to settle in India if given an opportunity.WHERE: India Habitat Centre WHEN: 1 and 2 June, 7:30 pmlast_img read more

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Resist fast food cravings with a game

first_imgThe game is designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control,” the part of the brain that stops you from giving into unhealthy cravings – even when the smell of French fries is practically begging you to step inside a fast food restaurant.The mobile app intelligently detects patterns in a person’s eating habits. When users are likely to slip from their dietary plans, the app provides tailored strategies to put them back on track.“Millions of people are trying to lose weight, and they are going about it in a reasonable way – by trying to reduce calories. But you’re going to slip from your diet plan. That pretty much happens to everyone,” said Evan Forman, Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“You could say the secret of helping people actually lose weight is preventing these lapses, so we concentrated on how to best do that,” Forman noted.In a study, published in the journal Appetite, Forman and a team of researchers tested the theory that that if you do certain tasks that involve inhibitory control over and over again, it actually gets stronger.Habitual snack food eaters were assigned to one of four short, training exercises designed to increase their mindful decision-making and strengthen their inhibitory control. The study concluded that both types of training were successful in reducing snack food eating.The researchers are now seeking participants for two studies to test whether playing the computer game and the mobile app can strengthen inhibitory control of the participants and help them stick to their diet plan, a university statement said.last_img read more

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Tyangra stabbing case One local miscreant held

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested a person for allegedly having a connection with the incident of stabbing one Tarak Mondal, alias Khatal Tarak, at Tyangra on Monday morning.Sources informed that the person arrested identified as Bulu Maity is a local and was present there when Mondal was attacked. Mondal was called by Maity and others when he was home. When he answered from inside, some of them dragged him out of his house and an altercation took place between them. All of a sudden, Maity and others started beating up Mondal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThough Maity refused to admit that he was present there at that point of time, the sleuths have found clues which proved that Maity was. Later, they dragged Mondal to a distance and stabbed him multiple times and fled. Mondal’s family alleged that all the accused persons were locals and identified them as well. It is suspected that Mondal might have known something about the miscreants that seemed to have to put them in a dangerous position. To suppress the fact, Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedthey killed Mondal. The sleuths are trying to know about other accused by interrogating Maity. The installed CCTVs are being checked and mobile phone tower location is being monitored to trace them. Police have also found that the accused persons have criminal history. Several complaints are being found against them. Locals alleged that recently Mondal gained popularity in the area for which the accused were not happy. Locals assume that to dominate the locality accused persons killed Mondal to make their way clear.last_img read more

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IISWBM alumni demands alma mater get university status soon

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to fast track the process of granting deemed university status to the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), the alma mater alumni of the country’s oldest B-school has decided to take up the matter with the state government.IISWBM senior faculty and key alumni member Jhumoor Biswas said: “Getting the deemed university status will help the IISWBM acquire adequate central funds to carry on research on globally important disciplines in which our researchers have been undertaking important works throughout the past decades.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”State Education minister Partha Chatterjee had announced that the institute will get deemed university status but a Bill in this regard has not been passed yet in the state Assembly. We will urge Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to look into this. The status will help the institute carry on research activities in different streams like environment management, energy and healthcare, solid waste management etc,” said Koushik Pal, a member of the alumni association of the IISWBM on the sidelines of a press meet in the city. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that Chatterjee himself is the president of the Board of Governors of IISWBM that was set up by the Calcutta University Senate together with the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and the then Bengal Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy and Dijendra Kumar Sanyal in 1953. The IISWBM is the first business school not just in India but in South-East Asia. “If this becomes a management university, then several management schools and institutes scattered all over the state will come under our aegis,” another alumni member pointed out. They feel that the deemed university status will enable its brightest students and alumni alike to do research on globally important disciplines like transportation and logistics management, supply chain management, environment management etc. IISWBM will be holding its sixth annual alumni and corporate fest “Fiera Fiesta” on February 1 and 2.last_img read more

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Sunday Art Haat A step to promote budding artists

first_imgArt is much more than just a medium of creative expressions. To be commercial is a call of the moment for artists or else wise they would be left alone. The growing number of art auction houses like Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Saffron Art etc. is a proof how essential it has become for artists to be self-marketer in order to survive in the art field. And our country is not an exception in this.But the irony is that in our country where there are hundreds of art institutes, art schools and art galleries, we can count the galleries/institutions on our fingers that come forward to represent fresh graduates from such art institutions. And if few of them get a gallery as their representative, they have to pay its price in the form of commissions. So where should they go? To answer this very question, the Lalit Kala Akademi has initiated a concept called ‘Sunday Art Haat’, where there will be a direct interaction between artists and buyers without any mediation. While inaugurating ‘Sunday Art Haat’, the administrator of Lalit Kala Akademi, C S Krishna Setty said, “It is our endeavour to help and support young and budding talent, especially those artists who are struggling to find a gallery or don’t necessarily have a big body of work ready for an exhibition yet. The scene completely differs in the West. People of cities like Paris, London, New York etc. are well versed about the places where they would find affordable artworks. ‘Sunday Art Haat’ is an initiative in that very direction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurrently, we are providing spaces to artists at very nominal costs but the Akademi is planning to make it free for them in upcoming time.” Mentioning about a plan of building a permanent space for the event, Setty said, “For the buyers, it will give them an opportunity to acquire art at affordable prices without gallery commissions and such deterrents”.Vishalakshi Nigam, Secretary in charge, Lalit Kala Akademi; Bhisham Mirani, Garhi centre in charge; participating artists like Rajesh Srivastava, Rituparna Chopra, Kumud Mohinder, Rekha Kapur etc., apart from art collectors and buyers, attended the inauguration at the Regional Centre Garhi.last_img read more

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