3-day Naag Devta Mela begins at Sujandhar

Locals performing traditional dance during 3-day Naag Devta Mela at Sujandhar. -Excelsior/Ramesh Mengi
Locals performing traditional dance during 3-day Naag Devta Mela at Sujandhar. -Excelsior/Ramesh Mengi

Excelsior Correspondent

REASI, Aug 31: Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages today organized traditional folk music programme in the historical 3- day Naag Devta Mela, managed by Naag Devta Mela Committee, Bhamaag, Sujandhar, Reasi here today.
Ajay Nanda, MLA, Reasi, was the chief guest while Dr Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, JKAACL, Shankar Das, BDO, Teg Singh, Sarpanch, Ram Singh, president, Naag Devta Mela Committee, Sujandhar, were also present in the presidium. This Mela is organized also in collaboration with Departments of Revenue, Youth Services and Sports, Agriculture, Horticulture, Health and Education Reasi.
While addressing the gathering, Ajay Nanda said that Reasi district is a fertile area where artists, singers, writers and intellectuals contributed not only at the State level but at the national and international level. While complimenting the participating folk parties of the region, he said that through such participation of local artists the youth of the region will get encouraged and also realize the importance of mother tongue, our old rich traditions and regional culture.
Earlier, Dr Arvinder Singh Amn disclosed that as a regular feature JKAACL decided to participate in such Melas. He informed that on the Spot Children Painting Competition for district Reasi will be organized in the month of November in collaboration with Director, School Education, Jammu.
The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Bishan Dass, Assistant Cultural Officer, JKAACL while the vote of thanks was presented by Ram Singh, president, Mela Committee, Sujandhar. On the occasion, Ajay Nanda also laid the foundation stone of community centre at the venue.
The folk parties, which performed today include: Devinder Singh and Party(Kud), Sujandhar, Tulma Devi and Party (Geetru), Sujandhar, Desraj and Party, Bamaagh(Geetru), Sars Bharti and Party, Ram Nagar, Udhampur(Geetru) and students of Government High School, Sujandhar (Patriotic song and dance).
Those who also spoke on the occasion, included Ram Singh, member Mela Committee; Tej Singh, Sarpanch Sujandhar; Master Malooq Singh; Chain Singh, former Sarpanch and Mukhtiar Singh.