LG inaugurates a 3-week cultural festival on the Jashn-e-Kashmir
Highlights the efforts made to document and preserve the folkloric treasure of songs and tales
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Tuesday inaugurated “Jashn-e-Kashmir – New Kashmir New Hope”, a three-week cultural festival celebrating tradition, culture and heritage here.
The festival is organized by the All J&K Folk Artists Association, Shah Qalander Folk Theatre, in collaboration with the J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and the Office of the Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, an official spokesperson said.
According to an official press release, congratulating everyone associated with the cultural festival, LG said, “Our unique diversity is our pride and our greatest strength. Such festivals will encourage artists, artisans and artisans to promote the spirit of “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat”.
Sinha said the government is developing a roadmap to preserve and revive the culture and folk traditions of Jammu and Kashmir.
“After a long hiatus, we are witnessing a cultural revival at J&K. Several programs promoting folk arts, literature and visual arts have been prepared to give new impetus to art and culture,” Sinha said.
“We have taken steps to reconnect young people to their roots and provide an environment and forum for folk artists, visual artists and authors to showcase our common goals and values,” he added.
Projects like “Guru Shishya Parampara” to pass on the precious traditions of Jammu and Kashmir to future generations; folklore preservation, UT writers camp, national theater festivals, interstate cultural exchange programs, international tours and cultural events in remote areas will enhance our traditional cultural wealth, LG said.
“Our artists are a reflection of social values, social progress and the administration is fully committed to their well-being,” he said.
“We are aware of the difficulties faced by many senior artists, writers who are not active today due to health issues and the difficulties of the families of those artists who are no longer with us. The government will ensure that such artists, writers or their dependents receive financial assistance,” the LG informed.
Appreciating the role of voluntary organizations and institutions for the promotion of literature, folk art and music, the LG said the financial aid program for registered societies related to various arts has also been approved.
He also highlighted the efforts made to document and preserve the folkloric treasure of songs and tales.
He urged cultural organizations, departments, artists and the people to work collectively to preserve the valuable cultural and folk traditions of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, the LG congratulated the artists for their excellent contribution to the preservation and promotion of local art, culture and folk traditions.
In her speech, Dr. Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson of J&K Waqf Board of Directors, hailed the contribution of artists who are the face of the culture and values of J&K and the country. She said “the LG-led UT administration has provided a new lifeline to the arts and culture realm at J&K.”
Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, President of the All J&K Folk Artists Association, expressed his gratitude to LG for its continued support of J&K art, culture and artists. He said the renewed energy in the field of art and culture in Jammu and Kashmir has brought prosperity in the lives of all artists across UT.
He also thanked the LG-led administration for launching the J&K Film Policy and other initiatives aimed at promoting the art, culture and traditions of Jammu and Kashmir and the welfare of performing artists.
On occasion, performances of different folk music and dances were presented by artists from across UT.
Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, DC Srinagar; Bharat Singh Manhas, Secretary, JKAACL, along with eminent personalities from the field of art, folklore and culture attended the inaugural ceremony at Tagore Hall, Srinagar.