JAMMU, Oct 17: Sanjeev Pargal, Bureau chief of Daily Excelsior, Rajesh Raina Group Editor News 18 Network, Zareef Ahmed Zareef a well known writer and poet, Ravinder Koul an art critic were the recipients of Harmony India awards for their best contribution in the respective fields.
The awards were presented at a musical evening with the theme of celebrating the spirit of Jammu & Kashmir held at Teacher’s Bhawan Gandhi Nagar today. The function was organised by Harmony Cultural Foundation in association with Harmony India.
While Sanjeev Pargal was conferred with Community Icon Award for his contribution in the field of print media, Rajesh Raina of News 18 was given the State Icon Award for his contribution in the field of journalism.
Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Sahitya Academy Awardee a Kashmiri poet and writer was conferred with Life Time Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in the field of Literature and language. Ravinder Koul a well known art critic was conferred with Shrestha Samman for his contribution to Art and culture.
Many dignitaries like Nirupama Kotru, Joint Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Coal Mines & Minority Affairs GOI, Mayor Jammu, Chander Mohan Gupta, Vivekanand Rai Director Tourism JK UT graced the occasion and presented the awards.
New talents were featured this year from Jammu and Delhi, starting with performance was Harshita Pandita, followed by the Bharatnatyam dance performance by Chhavi Koul on Saraswati Vandana and Vanshika Bhat.
Second part of the program featured the presentation by Indian Harmonies Choir from J&K who recently performed at Inaugural Ceremony of Amrit Mahotsav.
Founded in the year 2018, by singer-music composer Saurabh Zadoo, Indian Harmonies Choir of J&K, is a young and dynamic choir group from J&K State, which aims at propagating Indian poetry & folklore with the contemporary music.
The choir group performed two poems of Dina Nath Nadim, vocals by Sagar Koul, Chhavi Koul, Prajjwal Kaul, Himanshi Raina, Bhavik Pandit, Aakash Bhat, Sannat Koul, Anmol Raj, Vanshika Bhat, Khushi Kaul, Shriya Walli, Harshita Pandita, Srushti Raina.
Among the other awardees Shrestha Samman was conferred upon Veer Munshi for his contribution in the field of Fine Arts, Kailash Mehra for her contribution in the field of Kashmiri Sufiyana and folk music, Ravi Kemmu for his contribution in the field of Acting & Theatre,
Shrestha Samman was conferred posthumously upon Late Shadi Lal Koul for his contribution in the field of acting and Late Pandit Mohan Nirash for his contribution in the field of Kashmiri Language & Literature. Shrestha Samman was conferred upon Gokul Dembi for his contribution in the field of Fine Arts, Dr. Naseeb Singh Manhas for his contribution in the field of media production and Ravi Dhar for his contribution in the field of painting and sculpture.
Community Icon Award’ conferred upon Sandhya Dhar in the field of social work, Kanwal Peshin and Sanjay Saraf for community services.
‘Yuva Puraskar’ was conferred upon Abdul Rashid in the field of Kashmiri folk instrumental music.
A special award was given this year for Voluntary Service during COVID-19 to Dr Rohit Koul ,Vikas Razdan, Bhavna Pandita and Ravinder Pandita.