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· 50,000th visitor who took a tour of the Volkswagen manufacturing facility was a part of a group of children from Sparsh Balgram, an NGO working towards the welfare of HIV/AIDS infected children
· “It was a thrilling experience for us to see how the cars that we see every day on the road are really built!” said one of the visiting children after a 60-minute tour of Volkswagen Pune Plant
· Almost four and half years since the Visitor Services started at Volkswagen Pune Plant, more than 50,000 visitors have now experienced how German engineering is made in India
Pune, February 19, 2016:Volkswagen Pune Plant welcomed its 50,000th visitor today. Rounding off this milestone was a group of students and co-ordinators from the NGO Sparsh Balgram. As a gesture of support towards a noble cause and to celebrate this jubilee, Volkswagen India extended Rs 50,000 to the NGO for the welfare activities it undertakes.
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UBA Indian Pro Basketball League Season 2 Day 2: Defending champs Chennai Slam and Bengaluru Beast win opening South Division games
Pune, 19th February 2016: The second season of the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) Pro Basketball League Season 2 completed Day 2 at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in the city. In opening south division games, defending champs Chennai Slam beat back the Hyderabad Sky challenge, while Bengaluru Beast outlasted Pune Peshwas on their homecourt.
“I’m enjoying myself here. Basketball is an amazing sport and God willing, this UBA Season 2 will be a big hit, and there will be more seasons to come!” said Mr Santosh Shukla, actor and celebrity Big Boss contestant. Ms Sana Khan, Indian actor, model and dancer was also present and wished all eight teams the very best.
Bengaluru Beast bt Pune Peshwas
Last year’s runners up Pune Peshwas had their opening game of Season 2 against Bengaluru Beast in front of their home crowd. Coach Nandu Mehtra returns to the Pune side this year along with his sons Arjun and Ajinkya. The Peshwas’ new backcourt this season consists of former India internationals Narender Grewal from the Services and hometown boy, Siddhanth Shinde. Centre Ravi Kumar (from Tamil Nadu) joins the Pune starting five and Pune also has the services of backup centre and junior India player Gaurav Ohlan.
For Bengaluru, Railways player Somveer and forward Manjeet give the Beast much-needed size in the frontcourt that was missing last season. Raghuram (from Tamil Nadu) is their starting point guard along with starters from last season Kaife Zia and Visu Palani.
Both teams looked evenly matched to begin the game. Pune ran their offense through their experienced centre Ravi Kumar, who put in work in the post and provided the Peshwas with the early offensive punch. The backcourt of Siddhanth Shinde and Narender Grewal worked well together with the two guards playing off each other and creating opportunities for their big men to score. However, Ravi Kumar had a tough time on the defensive end guarding Bengaluru centre Somveer, who had an excellent game showcasing his bag of tricks in the post. He even showed off his handles running the floor and finishing coast-to-coast or dishing to his teammates for easy transition buckets.
The game was neck-and-neck throughout with multiple lead changes in the contest. Both teams traded buckets in the second half with little to separate the two sides. Pune’s Narender Grewal (21 points) and Bengaluru’s Visu Palani (17 points), both ‘one-handed shooters’, were involved in a shootout in the third quarter draining jumper after jumper. Towards the end, with little over three minutes of play left in the contest, both teams were tied at 74 apiece.
The last few minutes of the game were a test of nerves and experience. Bengaluru, led by their experienced point guard Raghuram, kept their composure and executed down the stretch. Crucial offensive rebounds and second chance shots by Bengaluru gave them a slim 4-point lead with a minute of play left. The Beast staved off the Peshwas’ comeback attempt in the final minute and closed out the game 85-78 to register a victory in their opening game.
Bengaluru Beast (Somveer 27, Visu Palani 17, Kaife Zia 15) bt Pune Peshwas(Narender Grewal 21, Siddhanth Shinde 15, Ajinkya Mane 13) 85-78 (19-22, 21-20, 20-17, 25-18)
Chennai Slam bt Hyderabad Sky
Defending champions Chennai Slam, the team that won the inaugural edition of the UBA Pro Basketball League, had its first game of Season 2 today against Hyderabad Sky. Chennai retained their core lineup from last season of point guard Chukwunanu Agu (from Nigeria), shooting guard Carmel and captain Aditya Biswas. Their frontcourt has been shored up this year with the addition of centre Gopal, who is a big body on the inside, along with forward Ashutosh Rai from the Services.
Hyderabad Sky, on the other hand, have a completely revamped starting lineup consisting of the MVP of the recently concluded Senior National Basketball Championship and India international Joginder Singh at the point guard position, leading the team. Joining him in the starting lineup today were Nigerian centre Edwin, who played in the recent south zone inter-university final for SRM University, Chennai, guard Himanshu Jangra, Indian-origin Australian baller Mahesh Padmanabhan and forward V. Kumar.
The champs Chennai seemed to have a familiar case of a championship hangover in the beginning of the game today. They were struggling to find the bottom of the basket, with below average shooting from the field. Despite playing for the first time at a competitive level together, the Hyderabad Sky starting lineup looked like seasoned regulars to begin the game. Joginder coordinated the offense well in the initial minutes, as Sky penetration and ball movement to get open shots. Indo-Austrialian combo guard from the Sky, Mahesh, impressed in the early going, creating open shots for his teammates, knocking down jumpers and driving to the basket. Sky guard Himanshu Jangra also contributed with his aggressive style of play. Chennai looked out of sync in the first half with too many isolation plays and tough shots clogging their offensive rhythm.
However, as with any championship calibre team, Chennai Slam kept themselves in the contest managing to trail by only 3 points at halftime. The game turned out to be a tale of two halves, as Chennai came out storming in the third quarter. Point guard Agu found his touch from long range along with Chennai’s sixth man Vignesh Prabhu who drained three shots from behind the arc and ending up with 13 points. Chennai started moving the ball more and finding easy buckets for their big guys in the paint. Versatile forward Ashutosh Rai had a great debut for the Slam, ending up with 27 points, which included a number of open jumpers. Centre Gopal also made his presence felt in the paint with 19 points in the contest.
On the defensive end, Agu made life difficult for Sky point guard Joginder Singh who had an off day shooting-wise. Slam outscored Sky 26 to 9 in the third quarter and set the tone for the rest of the game. The Sky did manage to go on a mini-run at the end of the third quarter, fueled by Mahesh’s back-to-back three pointers, to cut the lead down to 5. But Chennai stepped on the gas in the fourth and clamped down on the defensive end to close out the game at 83-68.
Chennai Slam (Ashutosh Rai 27, Gopal 19, Chukwunanu Agu 16) bt Hyderabad Sky(Mahesh 17, Himanshu Jangra 14, Monish Wilson 12) 83-68 (16-17, 18-20, 26-9, 23-22)
World Theatre Forum ignites discussions over theatre’s lengths and breaths among delegates from across the globe at 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav of National School of Drama
New Delhi, 19th February 2016: The second day of World Theatre Forum at 18thBharat Rang Mahotsav held educating and enlightening discussions in two different sessions. The first session was about “Space,Scenography & Spectatorship” with panellists Christopher Loar (New York), Prof. Robin Das (India) and Prof. Samar Nakhate (India). The moderator of panel was Prof. Kumara Varma.
Christopher Loar focused on the benefit of accepting the space as it is and not thinking of creating an illusion out of it. He mentioned, “The interaction between the integrating elements in that space is important.”
Prof. Nakhate said, “Theatre gives us an opportunity to be you with the nature. It is a beautiful thing to explore it and make it more meaningful.”
The second session held a discussion regarding “New Language and Play Direction”. The panellists were Amitesh Grover (India), B. Jayashree (India), Haukur J. Gunnarssan (Norway), Dr. Narine Sargsyan (Armenia), Dr. Zeco Ligiero (Brazil). The chairperson was Dr. Anuradha Kapur.
Expressing his thoughts upon the Idea of Magic in Theatre, Gunnarssan said, “Theatre is an indefinable moment that opens up to you. You cannot plan to create magic, it just happens on stage with amalgamation of artists, director, script, lighting and sounds.”
Dr. Narine Sargsyan said, “Practically, the language of theatre is acting. When the energy from acting flows through spectators and make them a part of production, magic is created.”
Dr. Anuradha Kapur added, “The decision to believe and mark it true or not to believe raises a question of ethical values in theatre.”
For “Meet the Director”,Antarmukh hosted the directors of yesterday’s productions:The Transparent Trap (Shrikant Bhide), Vakshak (Satish R. Narvekar), Rati Kalyana (Guru Pakeerayya), Barf (Saurabh Shukla), Rags of Memory (Anna Dora Dorno). The directors interacted with the audience about the aspects of play.
“The play was earlier a film script which I converted into a theatrical language. The whole story is about belief. When you want to believe, you believe otherwise you don’t even think of it” said the director, ‘Saurabh Shukla’ of play ‘Barf’.
The Italian director of ‘Rags of Memory’ said, “Memories are the base of the performance as well as for our lives. Memories are basically the essence of what we are searching for.”