JAMMU, July 28: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, GoI Regional Office Jammu staged a unique musical programme ‘Folklore of Jammu & Kashmir’ at Kalari Factory Canal Road, here today.
NK Shil, Regional Director ICCR in his welcome address dwelt in detail about the initiatives of the ICCR aimed at the preservation and promotion of the priceless cultural heritage of the region.
The programme ‘Folklore of Jammu & Kashmir’ featuring the folk and traditional musical expressions of J&K started with a detailed description of each item featured by the Regional Director, ICCR Jammu & Kashmir.
The first item of the programme was ‘Saraswati Vandana’ collectively in Dogri and Kashmiri which was presented by the whole group, keeping the audience spellbound with its unique composition. It was composed by Vishal Pandita and written by Karan.
Thereafter, by Dogri folk song ‘Koonjan Pai Gaiyan Paprole’ featuring Shobhana Sharma, followed by Kashmiri song ‘Pholvini Zethay’ sung by Harshita Pandita. The high point of the programme was the ‘Bhakh’ sung by the whole group. The Bhakh is a choral narrative singing which is sung by a group of singers numbering 5 to 25 that too without the accompaniment of any musical instrument.
A Dogri geet ‘Intezaar Asein Haa’ written by Karan was performed by Vishal, followed by another Kashmiri Chakker song namely ‘Machhar Aav Aabsharan’ by Vishal along with his group which enthralled the audience.
The programme concluded with ‘Guldasta-e-Jammu Kashmir’ which was a confluence of three different singing styles and languages of the region. The whole event was conducted by Vishal Pandita, while Nitish Kumar was accompanying Tabla, Akhil Sharma on Keyboard, Rohit Kumar was operating the sound and Vineet was on Nout.
The programme was managed by Karan and Vishal. The event was compered by Anu Thakur and coordinated by Reena Slathia. In the end, Regional Director ICCR presented a vote of thanks.