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Mumbai: Fine arts students from JJ college withdraw art from exhibition

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The flair of fine art shall remain shrouded this academic year, or so has been decided by the protesting students at JJ School of Arts. Fine arts students, on Friday, shunned their classrooms and carried their classwork to campus grounds, protesting the lack of infrastructure and permanent professors within the college.

Unsatisfied with the response they got from higher ups, the students, on Tuesday, decided to withdraw their artwork from ‘Rajya Kala Pradarshan’ or the state art exhibition which is to be held in January 2023, in Pune.

The irony being, a Fine Arts student awaits this day like no other, explained Santosh Parkar, General Secretary for the student body at JJ. “Our entire academic year revolves around this day. Whatever we learn and practice is reflected in what we present here. The winning students catch the eye of the entire state,” said Santosh who was to present a commercial complex miniature at this exhibition.

Despite their strong position against participation, students continue to work on the exhibition projects till they’re completed. After arriving on campus by 8 am every morning, Fine Art pupils begin their day’s work. “I have been spending nearly 13 hours on my temple-form sculpture over the past month. I feel guilty for not submitting it,” said Shekhar Salunke, a fourth year BFA student.

With the absence of facilities, these projects have become quite the ordeal. Rushikesh Ingole, another sculpting student, has been carving a rock to portray his childhood memory. “I have not been able to work on the metallic aspect of my model as the college has no functional foundry,” said Rushikesh. To work with metal, students like him have been shelling money from their own pockets to visit commercial foundries.

Those who work with other materials face similar problems as JJ school still lacks necessities like looms, furnaces, and art softwares. And at certain places, even lights and fans.

A student, In most cases, spends six years of her life studying at the JJ arts college. She starts off with a 4 year Bachelor’s in Fine Arts(BFA) before moving on to a two year Master’s called MFA.

These students have been fearing shifts within the pedagogy during these long years, as most of the college staff teaches only on a contractual basis. Several teaching contracts are to expire on December 12, reported students.

“Art cannot be taught like any other technical subject. There is an exchange of ideas and philosophies between students and their professor. If art is taught from contract to contract, then you cannot prevent an enormous gap in the curriculum,” said Amol Hirawadekar, a protesting alum.

The winning students at Rajya Kala Pradarshan are honored by the state and receive a cash prize. “Students from the JJ School of Arts bring home the majority of the prizes each year,” said Prof. Vishwanath Sable, Dean at JJ School of Fine Arts.

“Even though the students are refusing to put up their projects now, we are certain that all protest issues will be resolved by January and JJ students will certainly participate,” he added.

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Did Mumbai police impose curfew in city? Watch what Joint CP Vishwas Nangre Patil has to say

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The news about the Mumbai Police imposing curfew has been doing rounds on social media. However, the Mumbai police have clarified that it is a routine order. They have also made it clear that this is not a new order but the same order which is renewed every 15 days.

On December 2, several news reports claimed that the Mumbai police has issued an order under which it imposed a prohibition of the gathering of more than four-five people and banned the use of loudspeakers among other things till January 2.

Refuting the claims about the same, Vishwas Nangre Patil, Joint CP (Law & Order), in a video, explained how it is just a routine order renewed every 15 days, and appealed to all to not share it further. He informed that it is a routine procedure under the prohibitory orders under section 37 of the Maharashtra Police Act in Mumbai.

He stated that the order will change nothing for residents and that all the scheduled functions can be celebrated as per the plan. He stated that the order will largely affect those who will be involved in illegal protests and gatherings and not common residents. 

The video was shared by official handle of Mumbai Police with the caption, “Clarification on CRPC #144 The news of ‘curfew’ imposed in Mumbai is doing rounds of the Internet. Joint CP @vishwasnp (Law & Order) explains how it is just a routine order renewed every 15 days, and appeals all to not share it further.”

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On Camera: Fire engulfs apartment in Malad high-rise, no injuries reported so far

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On Saturday morning, a massive fire broke out on the third level of the 21-story skyscraper Marina Enclave in Janakalyan Nagar, Malad in Mumbai.

The blaze erupted in the flat located on the third floor of the high rise building in Malad around 11 am.

At least four fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused within 15 minutes, he said, adding that nobody was injured in the incident.

The cause of the fire is being ascertained and further details are awaited, he said.After the entire floor was engulfed in flames, some people on the floor were seen coming to the balcony and calling for help. With the help of locals, the people caught in the fire were brought out safely.

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Mumbai: Will schools, colleges remain closed due to section 144 across the city? Here’s what we know

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 With the Mumbai police imposing section 144 across the city as prohibitory orders due to reports of disruptions of public order and peace in the near future, posing a threat to human life and property, there has been concerns over what activities have been permitted and what haven’t been. 

Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions have also been considered by the Mumbai Police while releasing the diktat, which has been extended till January 2. 

It should be noted schools and colleges across Mumbai will not be impacted by the extension of section 144 across the city and will continue to function in accordance with their academic calendars. 

There have been no official notifications by the authorities or institutions regarding the closure of schools and colleges in the city so far. 

Vishal Thakur, Deputy Commissioner of Mission Department, Mumbai Police, issued the orders via press release .

  • Bursting and playing loudspeakers, instruments, bands and crackers
  • Any kind of processions are not permitted
  • Loudspeakers are not allowed at the processings
  • Processions on all kind of marriage ceremonies, funeral meetings, on the way to cemeteries, legal meetings of companies (at major scales), clubs, cooperative societies and other associations
  • Social gatherings, at mass level, around clubs, theatres or places of public entertainment film in or around any place, gathering for the purpose of watching plays or programmes, acts
  • Gatherings of people around courts and government offices and around local bodies performing government or semi-government functions, meeting for schools, colleges and other educational institutions for educational activities, factories, general business,
  • Meetings for business and solicitation in shops and establishments, demonstration of other gatherings and processions, those who are allowed have been expelled from this order by the divisional deputy commissioner of police and his monitoring officers.
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