Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain and social activist Madhav Chavan enthrall DLF5 audience with enlightening insights

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Gurugram: Renowned tabla legend Zakir Hussain and social activist and Pratham CEO Madhav Chavan enthralled the audience by sharing enlightening insights as the mesmerized crowd sat glued to their seats at DLF Club5, Gurugram.

The objective of the initiative was to give a sneak peek into the life of illustrious individuals and provide a forum to voice their opinions. The conversation between Zakir Hussain and author Nasreen Munni Kabir was centered on the recently released book on the tabla maestro titled ‘Zakir Hussain-A Life in Music’.

On the occasion, Zakir Hussain recalled his childhood days with nostalgia. Stressing the importance of guidance, he said: “It is important that the teacher identifies DNA of the student and the budding music artist gets proper guidance early on. One must learn to listen which is another most important aspect of being a student. Also, a student must inspire the teacher to teach.”

Zakir Hussain kept the momentum going throughout the session by sharing some of the lesser-known aspects of his life. A major portion of his discussion was based on his life experiences, his father, love for music and tabla.

Sharing his insights on the Indian education system, Madhav Chavan was critical of a one-size-fits-all approach. He emphasized the need for creating progressively strong foundations at the school level. According to him, the need of the hour is to create an institutional mechanism to herald a low cost and better quality education system.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Aakash Ohri, Senior Executive Director, DLF5 said: “Ustad Zakir Hussain is a living legend synonymous with music. Madhav Chavan’s work in the field of education is commendable. We were honored to host them at DLF5. They will continue to inspire the generations to come.”

Seema Singh, a resident of DLF5, was all praises for the initiative. “Meeting Zakir Hussain was a dream come true for me. The discussion was exhilarating and soul-satisfying.”

About DLF5

DLF5 is a state-of-the-art, integrated development offering high-end residential, commercial, retail and community facilities. More than just bricks and mortar, DLF5 aims to provide a world-class lifestyle in Gurgaon, building a new Indian utopia with an unmatched living experience of global standards for their residents. The DLF5 community features numerous choices to live, work and play luxuriously. Residential lifestyle reaches new heights with renowned luxury apartment communities such as The Aralias, The Magnolias, The Belaire and DLF Park Place, amongst others. These homes are occupied by high profile, culturally diverse and discerning residents who have chosen DLF5 as their home and workplace.


About the Speakers

Born to legendary tabla player Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain’s encounter with the tabla started at a young age. He has several accolades to his credit including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and the United States National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship, the highest award given to traditional artists and musicians.

A social activist and entrepreneur, Madhav Chavan is the co-founder and CEO of the educational non-profit, Pratham. He also started the Read India campaign, which aims to teach basic reading, writing, and arithmetic to underprivileged children across India. Chavan has been the recipient of the WISE Prize for Education, which is widely considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of education and recipient of Leading-Social-Contributor-Award. He has also been honored with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. 
Gurgoan Murder

Pradyuman murder case: 5,000 page chargesheet filed against class XI student

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A chargesheet of 5000 pages has been filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the murder case of an 8-year-old Pradyuman, from same Ryan international school. The murder case will be heard by A Gurugram Sessions court.

CBI charged the juvenile offender in connection with the murder of Pradyuman Thakur, a class II student. Agency told that a separate investigation of the murder case is still underway.

The sessions court had earlier too taken a tough stance against the accused teenager. On 8 January, the court had rejected the bail plea of the 16-year-old student, declined the bail plea of the accused and imposed a cost of Rs 21,000 for "wasting court's time" in baseless litigation and directed the father of the accused to deposit the amount.

The court said the accused's ulterior motive in filing the present application was aimed to divert the track of the ongoing investigation or delay the probe and then "grab" the default bail.

The 16-year-old is being tried as an adult in the case after the Juvenile Justice Board held on 20 December that the teenager was mature enough to recognise the consequences of his actions.

If convicted, the accused will stay in a correctional home till he is 21 years old after which the court can shift him to a jail or grant him bail, it had said.

The court had set up a committee which included a psychologist from the PGI, Rohtak, for an expert opinion on the accused who was taken into custody by the CBI in November 2017.

Pradyuman was found dead with his throat slit in the school's washroom on 8 September. Initially, bus conductor Ashok Kumar was arrested by the Haryana Police in connection with the crime.

Later, a Class XI student, who allegedly wanted a parent-teacher meeting and an examination at the school postponed was apprehended by the CBI in connection with the killing of the seven-year-old boy.

Kumar was granted bail by a Gurugram civil court in November.

(With agencies inputs)

Villagers Leaving For Ralegan Siddhi

Gurgaon's Teekli Village to take lessons from Anna Hazare’s Ralegan Siddhi

·         Village representatives to meet Anna Hazare and attend a training session conducted by him

·         25 villagers including the Sarpanch of Teekli have left for the tour


The representatives of Teekli Village, Gurugram are on a five- day visit to Ralegan Siddhi and Hivare Bazar, Maharashtra to take lessons from the two villages for developing Teekili as a Model Village. The visit conducted under the aegis of DLF Foundation aims to provide exposure to the community to a model village. The long-term objective is to convert Teekli into a smart village model on Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana of government.

"The objective of DLF Foundation planning the visit to Ralegan Siddhi for Teekli village representatives is to understand the intricacies and importance of a model village. Since Ralegan Siddhi is developed as a smart village under the guidance of Anna Hazare, Teekli Village looks up to the village to emulate its success story".

He futher said "The visit will be useful in making the village representatives realize the importance of practices such as environment conversation and solid waste management. We are determined to set a benchmark of social and economic development model in Teekli Village. The aim of the project is to improve the overall development indicators of the Teekli village so as to uplift the overall quality of life of the community. The visit is aimed to study the model of inclusive development of villages through a participatory approach by engaging all stakeholders" said Col. Prakash Tewari, Executive Director, DLF Foundation.

For the said purpose, a total of 25 community members from Teekli Village including the sarpanch and several women have left for the tour. They are accompanied by the representatives of DLF Foundation. The delegation would also attend a training session addressed by social activist Anna Hazare.

“The tour of Ralegan Siddhi will be crucial in helping us understand the socio-political models used in the village and explore how this model can be integrated with Teekli Village. We are grateful to DLF Foundation for planning and coordinating this trip which would go a long way in ensuring the development of the village. Anna Hazare is someone we all look up to and we are all excited to meet him and learn from him” said Raveena Devi, Sarpanch, Teekli Village. 

 “We are excited to embark on this tour. Visiting Ralegan Siddhi and meeting Anna Hazare will be a dream come true for us. The visit will inspire us to develop our Teekli Villages along the lines of Ralegan Siddhi. I thank and appreciate DLF Foundation for taking us all the way to Ralegan Siddhi and Hivare Bazar” said Praveen Yadav, Teekli village.  

 The visit is being conducted under the Model Village Project of DLF Foundation. Through the Model Village Project, DLF Foundation proposes to set a benchmark for social and economic development model in rural locations of Gurgaon. The aim of the project is to improve the overall development indicators of the Teekli village so as to uplift the overall quality of life of the community. DLF Foundation has evolved its own set of parameters which are based on detailed assessment and review of government programmes for creating a Model Village. The project has incorporated several initiatives incorporating education, livelihood, healthcare, skill development, waste management and village leadership development. DLF Foundation had earlier established Community Water Treatment System, crematorium, and Mobile Medicare Unit in Teekli Village under the project.

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Municipal Corporation of Gurugram announces renowned cartoonist Shekhar Gurera as the official cartoonist (Brand Ambassador for cartoons) for Swachh Survekshan 2018


  • Slew of other activities rolled out by MCG to encourage citizen participation in Swachh Survekshan 2018
  • Citizens encouraged to follow and adopt best sanitation practices in their daily life


 Municipal Corporation of Gurugram today announced Shri Shekhar Gurera, renowned cartoonist from Gurugram as the official cartoonist (Brand Ambassador for cartoons) for Swachh Survekshan 2018. 

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The engagement would entail Shri. Shekhar Gurera contributing a series of cartoons around various aspects of cleanliness. The aim is to sensitize citizens to follow best sanitation practices through unique medium of cartoons. Additionally, the cartoons will also appeal citizens to actively participate in the ongoing Swachh Survekshan with their feedback, thus contributing to the city’s ranking.

Speaking on the appointment of Shri Shekhar Gurera, Ms. Anu Sheokand, Joint Commissioner and Nodal officer for Swachh Bharat Mission in Gurugram said, “Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is delighted to have Mr. Gurera onboard us, as the official cartoonist (Brand Ambassador for cartoons) for Swachh Survekshan 2018. Being a distinguished citizen of Gurugram and a renowned cartoonist, we are confident that his cartoon designs will help us take the message of cleanliness to the citizens in a creative manner. I appreciate his voluntary support in our efforts to sensitize citizens around cleanliness and most importantly encouraging them to actively participate in Swachh Survekshan 2018. I also urge citizens to keep their surroundings clean and participate in Swachh Survekshan 2018. Its only when the corporation and citizens work hand-in-hand, we can together realize the Swachh Gurugram vision.”Image 3

The cartoon designs touch upon various elements of cleanliness and Swachh Bharat Mission including Waste Segregation, Open Defecation Free and following other best practices like saying no to plastics, keeping the surroundings clean etc.

Speaking on his appointment as the official cartoonist (Brand Ambassador for cartoons) for Swachh Survekshan 2018 for Gurugram, Shri. Shekhar Gurera said, “I am happy to support Municipal Corporation of Gurugram’s initiatives to create awareness around cleanliness and sanitation and essentially participation in Swachh Survekshan 2018. I believe that each and every citizen of Gurugram should come forward and participate in the ambitious and noble Swachh Bharat Mission program. Cartoons have a unique way to inspire people and often have a profound impact on the on-lookers. I hope my contribution of cartoon designs will help in sensitizing citizens to follow healthy sanitation practices and to maintain cleanliness. It’s also my appeal to the citizens of the city to come forward and participate in Swachh Survekshan 2018.”

“In countries like Japan, cartoons are an evolved and effective communication medium for the government to interact with the citizens. Cartoon characters and comic strips are used to develop civic sense and awareness around cleanliness. I am happy that this unique medium is now increasingly being explored in India as well,” he added.

The cartoons will be used to reach the citizens of Gurugram through social media and other conventional means including hoardings. Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is also adopting other means to reach the citizens with the message of cleanliness. Some of the efforts include:


  • Effectively leveraging MCG’s social media properties – Facebook and Twitter to reach the social media follower community with messages around cleanliness, sanitation and participation in Swachh Survekshan 2018.


  • Widespread placement of hoardings and displays around Swachh Survekshan 2018.


  • Partnering with NGOs like Saahas to sensitize RWAs and citizens around cleanliness and Swachh Surveksahn 2018. For instance, with support from Saahas, last week the residents of Palms, South City – 1 Gurugram were involved in various activities like Swachhata Pledge, games themed around waste segregation and on-ground awareness around the process for participating in Swachh Survekshan 2018.