‘Swanzal’ artists sparkle in Cultural Prog organized in Japan

Artists of Swanzal Foundation posing for a group photograph after blossoming in Cultural Programme in Japan.
Artists of Swanzal Foundation posing for a group photograph after blossoming in Cultural Programme in Japan.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 4: To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Independence of India and the year of India-Japan friendly exchanges, Cultural Ministry Govt of India (GoI) and Indian Embassy Japan organized a Cultural Programe at the cities of Japan, recently.
A 14-member group of artists of Swanzal Foundation led by renowned artists of J&K participated in the programme and mesmerized the audience with their artistic skills.
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The group included Bihari Kak, Vijay Dhar, Kuldeep Saproo, Ravi Kachroo, Akash Dogra, (Choreographer), Raj Kumar Bhat, Sonali Dogra (Singer), Zulikha Farid (Singer) and dancers Sonali Pandita, Priya Kumari, Nishu Pandita, Ashima Sharma and Shiksha Bhat.
The audience was excited to watch the J&K’s cultural heritage, traditions, rich customs and colourful attires, besides rich folk and traditional music and dances.
At India Club Kobe Osaka on the concluding day of the programme, the performance of the dancing artists of J&K, and the sweet voice of Sonali Dogra and Zulikha Farid was highly appreciated, while the choreography by Akash Dogra was admired by one and all and the music composed by Kuldeep Saproo received thunderous applause from the audience.
The welcome address at Kobe Osaka was presented by Bihari Kak of Swanzal Foundation.
Earlier, at Vivekananda Cultural Centre housed in Indian Embassy Tokyo, an impressive Kashmiri opera ‘Waktuk Partav’ designed and directed by Vijay Dhar and dances choreographed by Akash Dogra was performed, besides other dances and live singing by Sonali and Zulikha, while at Kanezawa City Auditorium a programme was organized jointly by Indian Embassy Japan and Ishikawa Indian Association under its president Dr Maqsooda Sarfi and was attended by Manupuii Ji, 1st Secretary Indian Embassy and around 500 guests.
On this occasion the Ishikawa Governor and Mayor of Kanezawa were present.

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