JAMMU, Apr 23: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Regional Office, Jammu in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) today hosted Kashmiri folk music programme under its “Horizon Series”, in KL Saigal Hall.
NK Shil, Regional Director, ICCR and Regional Passport Officer, Jammu and Dr AS Aman, Additional Secretary, JKAACL were present, besides other dignitaries.
Eminent group of artists from Kashmir valley led by Mohd Abdul Hamid Bhat, Rabab player was invited for exclusive performance. Before starting the programme, lighting of lamp was performed by Regional Director ICCR and other dignitaries present there.
Presenting welcome address, NK Shil, gave a brief account of various activities so far conducted by the ICCR and also about its prime objective as to how ICCR’s cultural wing seeks to improve and argument India’s cultural diplomacy through cultural and educational initiatives showcasing greater Indian rich heritage and multifarious culture with mantra “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and “Atithi Deva Bhava”.
Shil recapitulated the past manifold achievements at the credit of ICCR and shared the efforts afoot to plan and lay down constructive future road map for this great institution. While reiterating his determined endeavour to give fillip to the local artists, performers, theatrists and literary fraternity to come forward and share their video clips pertaining to their art, culture and languages for appropriate examination and providing opportunity for display of their talent in the country or even abroad if found fit for empanelment.
The Kashmiri folk songs played on Rabab were “Chaluma Roshee Roshee”, “Kaitu Shuk Nand Wanee” and “Bhambroo Bhambroo”. The artists who performed were Abdul Hamid Bhat (Rabab Instrumentalist), Salim Jhangir on Matka and Ghulam Din Mir on Rabab.
The programme ended with vote of thanks presented by Reena Slathia, Cultural Officer, ICCR Regional office Jammu.