ICCR presents mesmerizing Dogri ‘Jagarna’ in Horizon Series-V

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 29: Mesmerizing dances of Jammu and Kashmir enthralled the audience in ICCR’s fortnightly programme ‘Horizon Series’ in the auditorium of College for women, Parade, here.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India under its ‘Horizon Series’ organises a programme of local artists and forms every fortnight to encourage the native talent.
So far, last four programmes have featured ‘Geetru, ‘Bhakh’, ‘Group Singing’ and ‘Theatre Show’, which have created a new rejuvenated movement of performing arts in the city of Jammu.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, Regional Director, ICCR, Balwant Thakur briefed in length the activities of the Council. He said that the objectives of the ICCR are to participate in the formulation and implementation of the policies and programmes relating to India’s external Cultural relations.
Balwant Thakur thanked Dr Hemla Aggarwal, principal Government College for Women, Parade, for extending whole hearted support for holding the programme in the College.
Today’s programme presented the cultural diversity of Jammu region through its traditional dances, which featured Dogri, Kashmiri and Gojri dances. Performance of Dogri Jagarna was the highpoint of the event. Performed by women folk, Jagarna has a wonderful traditional background, which is used to be performed exclusively for women only. This mind-blowing performance was followed by Gojri dance, which was an interesting musical narrative of a Gujjar lady who was teased by a wild fly.
The programme concluded with Kashmiri dance ‘Rouf’, which is performed in the accompaniment of pleasant pathetic songs by the group of women.
Those who participated in the dances included Arti Verma, Gurmeet Kour, Arti Langeh, Simran Sharma, Prachi Manhas, Komal Kalyan, Monika Sharma, Radhika Sharma, Shiveta Raina, Jyoti Kumari, Aruna Kumari, Neha Bhogal, Divya Jamwal, Pallvi Sharma, Ekta Kumari, Pallvi Kotwal and Ashima Jamwal.

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