JAMMU, Nov 22: ‘Purvottar Dhara’–a festival featuring artists from northeast and other regions was inaugurated by Dr KS Risam, Vice Chancellor Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, here today.
Raman Suri, General Secretary Tourism Federation, AS Amn, Additional Secretary JKAACL, Anil Tickoo, SNA Awardee, Gulzar Ghanai, SNA Awardee, Sarvajit Kaur, SNA Awardee and Arup Bordoloi, Project Director Sangeet Natak Akademi, Guwahati Centre were also present on the occasion.
The festival is an effort to connect the folks of Jammu and Kashmir with the diverse range of music and dances of other parts of the country especially north east regions of India.
On the opening day of the mega festival ‘Purvottar Dhara’, the artists from five different places of the country viz. Tripura, Nagaland, Sikkim, Kashmir and Punjab gave their mesmerizing performing in front of august audiences. The programme was started with the spectacular performance by Debojyoti Laskar and Group from Tripura which presented Kathak dance which was divided into four parts. They started their performance with Devi Vandana followed by Bhajans, Bilambit Laya and Drut Laya. This was followed by yet another magnificent performance by The Refiners Choir from Nagaland who presented 6 songs which was in different languages in Choral Music. They performed in Latin, African, English and AO Naga.
The third performance on day one of Purvottar Dhara further witnessed the mind blowing performance by Chabilal Pradhan and Group from Sikkim who presented Tamang Selo traditional folk dance of Sikkim which is a genre of Nepali folk song which is sung by the Tamang people and widely popular among the Nepali community in Sikkim. It is usually accompanied jamming instruments Damphu, Madal and Jugna. This was followed by yet another prominent vocalist of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir who presented Folk songs of Kashmir. An exceedingly popular performer, Shri Gulzar Ahmad Ganaie who is a SNA Awardee is having an extensive experience of performing, disseminating, teaching, and promoting the folk music of Jammu and Kashmir especially Chakri.
At the end of the day 1 of Purvottar Dhara, Sarbajit Kaur gave the master blaster performance of Folk songs of Punjab. Her soulful voice had left audience spellbound. A recipient of SNA Award, she started with ‘Nee Laidey Maye’ which received thunderous applause from the audience sitting in Abhinav Theatre.
Today, on the second day of ‘Purvottar Dhara’ the presentations of Geetanjali Dance Academy from Meghalaya, Romalo Ram and Group from Jammu, C Lalrikinga and Group from Mizoram, Sattriya Kendra from Assam and Debasish Reang and Group from Tripura was presented.