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Regal Cinema shutting shop from March 31; Will screen “Phillauri” as its last outing

Anushka Sharma's "Phillauri" will be the last film to be screened in the 84-year-old theater, situated in the heart of the city

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Regal Cinema in New Delhi, the oldest single screen theater will down its operation from March 31st. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
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New Delhi, March 24, 2017: Situated in the heart of Delhi, the oldest and iconic Regal Cinema has announced to shut its operations from March 31st after the owners failed to acquire a structural security certificate.

Anushka Sharma’s “Phillauri” will be the last film to be screened in the 84-year-old theater, situated in the heart of the city, reported PTI.

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The sad news of its shutting down was shared by its owners through a notice put outside the theater.

“It has been decided by the management to close down the business from the premises wef 31.3. 2017,” the notice read.

“We decided to close the cinema after NDMC issued a notice to all buildings in CP demanding a structural safety certificate,” manager at Regal, Roop Ghai told PTI.

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The owners of Regal were already devising a plan of turning the single screen into a multiplex. They were planning to close the theater and re-open it after converting it into a multiplex, but the sudden decision comes after the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) issued a notice to all the buildings in Connaught Place (CP), demanding structural security certificate.

“We were planning to shut the theater and convert it into a multiplex. But we decided to close it by the end of this month after NDMC issued a notice to all the buildings in CP demanding structural safety certificate,” manager of Regal, Roop Ghai told PTI.

NDMC had issued a notice after the roof of two buildings in the area collapsed last month.

“Regal building is 84-year-old and the inspection to get the certificate will take time. We are not in a position to carry out the business activity as we don’t want any mishap to happen in our building. We don’t want to take any risk.

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‘Phillauri’ will be the last movie that we screen,” Ghai adds.

The manager says they are as yet working towards changing over the theater into a multiplex, however, can’t begin the remodel unless they get the consent from the NDMC.

“The theater will be converted into a multiplex but right now we are just closing it due to safety reasons. It is not finalized yet which multiplex chain will take over Regal, but we are already done with 60 per cent of the permission.

“Renovation will not start without the permission from NDMC.”

According to a senior NDMC official, they did issue a notice to all the buildings in CP to submit a structural stability certificate.

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“We had issued a notice to the owners of the building, to submit a structural stability and safety certificate following the roof collapses in Connaught Place. Failing to do so they may have decided to close down,” the official says.

He, however, clarified that there was no instruction from the civic body to close the building.

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Mahalaya
Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC