Performers make audience spellbound during Geetru Festival at Billawar

Artists performing during Geetru Festival at Billawar on Friday.
Artists performing during Geetru Festival at Billawar on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Dec, 28: History has never witnessed the kind of public mobilization which was possible through the ultimate magic of performing arts. The occasion was the presentation of ‘Geetru Festival’ organised by Sub Office of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Kathua on the occasion of Rath Khada Mela at Billawar. Rath Khada Mela is being organised for over 200 years and this is the first time that J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages supported the event with the professional ease by the scintillating performance of Geetru performances by Ram Ditta & Party, Shello Ram & Party, Kali Das & Party, Om Basotra & Party and Sat Pal Singh & Party.
Vijay Kumar Verma, president, Kough Vikas Sansthan was the chief guest on the occasion who lauded the efforts made by the JKAACL’s Sub Office, Kathua. He said that the initiatives which JKAACL’s Sub-Office Kathua is taking for the promotion and preservation of the art and culture of the State is laudable. He further appreciated the performance by the Geetru performers who made every one spellbound with their magical presentation. There is no place on this earth one can find the diversity of culture which we have in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Everyone should come forward for the preservation of the culture of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and all have to take it as a priority and responsibility to nurture the values of our culture and tradition, he added.
Sansar Gupta, president, Hari Prabhu Sansthan and Kuldeep Gupta, general secretary, Hari Prabhu Sansthan were the special guests on the occasion. ‘Geetru’ is a traditional narrative song-dance form in which the lead singer also performs some dance steps and at times also uses the theatrical devices as well. Performed by a group of eight to ten artists in which lead performer is followed by the others as chorus with the accompaniment of a Dholak and a ‘Chimta’ and powerful group singing.