All India devotional song competition inaugurated

Winners of devotional song competition posing for a group photograph at Katra on Tuesday.
Winners of devotional song competition posing for a group photograph at Katra on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Sept 27: All India devotional song competition as a part of Navratra Festival-2022 was inaugurated at Yog Ashram Complex, here today.
The event was inaugurated by lighting of a traditional lamp by Swami Yoganand ji Maharaj along with General Manager Jammu division J&K Bank, Sunit Kumar in presence of Deputy General Manager Rajesh Gupta (Zonal Head Udhampur zone), Chairman devotional song committee and president Hotel Association Katra, Rakesh Wazir as well as judges of the competition, Gautam Sharma and Rama Kant Khajuria.
While speaking on the occasion, Gupta said that this competition where on one hand has provided a platform to the budding singers, and on the other has given a big boost to tourism. .
On the first day of the preliminary round of competition, Sukhjinder Jamla from Amritsar took 1st position and Mahinder Soni from Jammu and Sandeep Singh from Reasi got 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Eight auditioned participants in which two participants were from outside J&K and six were from within UT were provided with the cash prizes of Rs 10000, 5000 and 3000 respectively by the chief guest
The grand finale of the competition will be held on October 4 and winners will be awarded with gold amounting to Rs three lakh and a recording contract with Venus Records &Tapes Ltd, whereas the runner ups will get gold worth one lakh and Rs 50000 respectively.
The competition was judged by the panels of experts in music including Dr Usha Bhagati, Ex HoD Music of PG MAM College Jammu, Dr Surinder Sharma HoD Govt. Degree College Sanjoli Himachal Pradesh and Dr Anupma Sharma, Ex HoD PG Music Department, Government College Parade.
Famous celebrity singer, Chaman Lehri and former winner of All India devotional song competition, known for his famous songs including ‘Maiya ji Taunu Namaskar, Aavo Ganpat Maharaj and Paghta Chal Chalye etc. enthralled the audience with his melodious songs.
The proceeding of competition was conducted by Rakesh Wazir, which is being organised by SMVD Shrine Board, Department of J&K Tourism, PTC Punjabi Gold in association with Patanjali Dantkanti and co sponsored by Monalisa, Lia Agarvati, J&K Bank, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Speciality Hospital, Nidesh Builders Pvt. Ltd. Jammu with active support of District Administration.