Monthly Archives: May 2008


Himachal Governor stressed need to promote Kangra Paintings

Governor VS Kokje said that there was a need to protect and promote the distinct identity of the Kangra School of paintings. Governorinaugurated Kangra Painting Training School at Dharamsala today.

“Besides popular themes from ancient Indian mythology, those from Mughal, British as well as modern era should be depicted,” said Kokje.

Speaking at the Kangra Art Promotion function at Dharamsala the governor said that the responsibility of popularizing of the art lay with the artists as it would help them to earn well. “Incorporating modernity there was a need to preserve the originality of Kangra painting,” he said

Lauding the efforts of Kangra Art Promotion Society in reviving Kangra Paintings, Kokje said that there was a need to undertake research and cooperation with artists and institutions associated with Rajasthan and Madhubani style of paintings could be soughtgovsep11b.jpg.
Kangra paintings are an offshoot of the school of Pahari school paintings that were patronized by the Rajput rulers between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Kangra Art Promotion Society (KAPS) is behind the opening of school. The School would provide Rs. 1500 scholarship per month to six students and Rs. 35000 would be spent on each student every year. Kokje appreciated the efforts of Kangra Art Promotion Society in reviving Kangra Paintings.

Governor honoured Dr. Akshay Ranchal, Ajay Mittal, Vijay Lal, Faiz Murtaza Ali, Ms. Smriti Chadda, Yogi Mahajan and Ajay Singh Mankotia for sponsoring trainees to the Kangra Art Training School.

BSNL targets 20,000 broadband connections in HP by end of fiscal

Shimla: BSNL, the public sector telephony provider, is expanding its broadband services in the state and targets to provide connectivity at 130 locations that would help it to achieve a 20,000 customer figure by the end of the financial year.

Talking to the media, Anil Kaushal, chief general manager BSNL for Himachal said that the network was aggressively expanding its data network. Capacity expansions had taken place and additional 9000 broadband connections would be released by the end of this month, said Sharma. As of now there were only 4000 broadband customers in the state, he added.

He said that the Himachal circle had achieved a turnover of Rs 400 crore last year and made a profit of Rs 64 crore. As part of corporate social responsibility, the network was in the process of providing telemedicine and HIMSWAN, an e-Governance project at highly subsidized rates, he said.

Sharma said that there had only been a marginal fall in landline customers in the state and by including 5.08 mobile subscribers, the network had over 9 lakh customers making it the biggest player in the state. He said that BSNL had a waiting list of 19,000 landline connections, mostly in difficult regions of the state. The company planed to set up another 500 towers for providing coverage to all parts of the state, he added.