BLSKS organizes mega festival on Duggar culture

Artists performing during a mega festival on Duggar culture on Wednesday.
Artists performing during a mega festival on Duggar culture on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 7: Bhartiya Lok Sangeet Kala Sansthan (BLSKS) organized a mega festival on Duggar Culture in Bhalwal block of Jammu district.
The festival included one day research conference on “Swachh Bharat”, Make India Clean events and three mega performances of traditional art with traditional artists of Jammu province at the open auditorium of Durga Bhawan, Government Higher Secondary School, Bhalwal and SD. Memorial Higher Secondary School, Karwanda.
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Dingra, Pediatrician, HoD, SMGS Hospital Jammu, was the chief guest on the occasion and Dr Sushma Rani, Cultural Officer, Directorate of School Education, Jammu, Mohit Gupta, Tehsildar Bhalwal Jammu and Firdos, CDPO Bhalwal were the guests of honour.
The program was presented under the aegis of Union Ministry of Culture under the scheme Development Cultural Heritage of Himalayas. Moreover, a folk cultural performance of Geetru by M/s Ram Ditta and Party, ‘Dhamachra’ dance by Anjana and Party, Kudru by Sangam Tru Art Production, Dandars by Deepak Kumar and Party, Karkan by Iqrar Mohd and Party, Baran by Ali Mohd and Party, Bakh by Asha Kesar and Party, and Kishan Chand and Party light classical songs on Swachh Bharat and dance (Shiv Satuti) by Kishan Chand and Party through the trainees/traditional artists.
About 25 traditional artists and trainees who were part of the program were selected from sub Himalayan region of Jammu province surrounding Mata Vaishno Devi, Udhampur, Ramnagar, Doda, Bhaderwah, etc by a team of BLSKS which visited these areas.
A 45-day Research and Training workshop cum exhibition in the shape of festival titled “Training in Traditional Art of Jammu” were organized for these artists/trainees at Durga Bhawan Janipur, Jammu.
The Dances like Dandras, Geetru, Kudru (Bhaderwahi), Bakh (Jammu), Chann, Karkan -Baran, Hindustani classical and light music were imparted to 45 trainee artists of this area with special emphasis on preservation, promotion and protection of dying folk tradition of Jammu.