Governor Honours ‘Harmony of the Pines’ Police Orchestra with Prernastrot Puraskar


Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar honoured the ‘Harmony of the Pines’ Orchestra of Himachal Pradesh Police, who have brought laurels to the nation by not only representing the State police force but also to the nation with their stellar performance in Colors TV’s reality show ‘Hunarbaaz’ in Mumbai. He presented him the ‘Prernastrot Puraskar’ On the occasion, the Governor said that the Harmony of the Pines could be used as a medium to convey the message to the society. Earlier also through the band, the State police force had made videos on drug addiction, corona pandemic, traffic management etc. and in future also, their contribution could be taken on similar social issues, he added. The Governor said that these Jawans of ‘Khaki Vardi’ were so artistic and talented which could not be described. He had seen the video clips of the band and also kept getting calls from Goa regarding the performance of the band. He considers the achievement of the band as his achievement. There is no match for their presentation. I am proud of them”, said Arlekar Shri Arlekar said that after this achievement, the mind-set of the people towards police was definitely going to change and it would further enhance the image of ‘People Friendly Police’. He stressed on the public performance of the band. He expressed satisfaction that a dedicated studio was being set up for their recording, which would further improve their performance. He also urged them to prepare a ‘Musical Video’ on the significant efforts made by the State Police of its journey so far. He appreciated the efforts of the DGP Sanjay Kundu in the splendid achievement of this band and said that due to his contribution, the band has become a topic of discussion across the country today and each artists was getting due respect. Expressing gratitude to the Governor, Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that Himachal Pradesh Police Orchestra, better known as ‘Harmony of the Pines’, came into existence in the year 1996. He said that the Orchestra started its journey with a humble beginning, wherein the talented police personnel of the State Police were encouraged to perform in the programs of the Police Department, charity-shows and programs organized by Red Cross Society. The Police Orchestra also started performing in programs organized by the Department of Language, Art and Culture, Doordarshan and other state level fairs, he added. The DGP said the police leadership has been continuously supporting the Orchestra so that they could further improve their skills. They have recently been provided with the latest musical instruments and accessories and efforts were also being made to provide them with a dedicated studio to record their songs. He said that in future, videos would be made on topics like child and women, crime, road accidents, organized crime etc for awareness purposes.