ICCR’s Horizon series showcases Dogri ‘Bhaakh’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 30: In continuing fortnight bonanza of showcasing the rich folk practices of music and dance, Jammu office of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, under its Horizon Series, presented the unique legacy of ‘Bhaakh’ at the Auditorium of Red Cross Bhawan, Kachi Chawni, here today.
The magic of Bhaakh, considered as rare singing tradition of folk music unique to Duggar, was brought before audience by legendary singers Krishna Kumari and Praduman Singh who were accompanied by Ravi Sharma on Harmonium, Rakesh Anand on flute and Vijay Anand on rhythm.
Balwant Thakur the Regional Director of ICCR in his welcome address said that prime mandate of ICCR is to bring nations together through cultural initiatives and for that Council sponsors Indian cultural troupes, scholars abroad and brings the best of the International performances to India. He said that ICCR takes pride in presenting one of the most celebrated singing duo of Dogri music, Krishna Kumari and Praduman Singh who have already represented ICCR in Festival of India in France.
Krishna Kumari gave a new national recognition to Bhaakh by bringing home highest Indian honour of performing arts i.e., Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the year 2011. Praduman Singh, an accomplished poet has also been conferred with Sahitya Akademi Award. He has contributed a lot to the upliftment of Dogri music in last sixty years.
Today’s programme started with a duet ‘Keh Kish Khandey Mere Ram Te Laxman’- a Dogri Bhajan  inspired by Bhaakh style. ‘Suchi Bi Dinna Goriye, Puri Bi Dinna, Mere Kanne Chit Layan’, the next item was undoubtly the Bhaakh number by the duo has become a significant marker of cultural identity of Dogras. The duo presented their solos as well as duets like Pradunan Singh’s ‘Randmarunda Phire Mera Billa’ One of the added feature of the programme was the professional presentations done by yet another brand name of anchoring Ravi Kant.
Prominent among others who attended the function Pundalik N Naik, President Goa Konkani Akademi, Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, Maj General (retd), Prof Lalit Magotra, Padamshree Jitendra Udhampuri, Anil Padha, Secretary Red Cross Society, Prof Zahoor-ud-Din, Dr Om Goswami, Brij Mohan, Raman Salathia and folk singer Romallo Ram.

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