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NEW DELHI: SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts), the well known music academy of India by music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori and music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori, today announced the names of the recipients of this year’s SaMaPa awards, the exclusive national level honours pertaining to Jammu & Kashmir. The awards will be given on 2nd, 3rd & 4th of December 2016 during the 12th edition of SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan, the topmost classical music festivals of Delhi.    

SaMaPa is a cultural movement translating from a deep rooted vision of the great music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori and the tireless efforts of the members of Board in creating a unique, unbiased and empowering national level platform for presentation, propagation, and teaching of traditional music and performing arts. SaMaPa is acclaimed as a Cultural Bridge of the State of Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of the country and to have created a new generation of music connoisseurs. 

The prestigious ‘SaMaPa Kala Vardhan Samman’ is being conferred upon Sanskar Bharati, a national level cultural organization for its immense contributing towards the growth & development, and promotion & propagation of Indian art & culture. The Award will be presented to Baba Yogendra, the eminent cultural activist and Founder member of Sanskar Bharati, who will be felicitated for his lifetime contribution to Indian art and culture.

The award will also be presented to Pracheen Kala Kendra for its significant contribution to growth and propagation of Indian classical music and dance. The award will be presented to eminent Kathak Guru and founder of PKK, Dr. Shobha Koser who will be felicitated for her lifetime work and contribution. ‘SaMaPa Vitasta Award’, which carries cash honour of Rs. 50,000 is being conferred upon the veteran vocalists Pandit Venkatesh Kumar from Dharwad for his lifetime contribution to Hindustani classical music (Vocal).

‘SaMaPa Nund Rishi Samman’, which carries cash award of Rs. 25,000 will be given to Abdul Rashid Hafiz and Gulzar Ahmad Ganaie for their immense contribution to Kashmiri Folk Music. ‘SaMaPa Acharya Abhinavgupt Samman’, which carries cash award of Rs. 11,000 is being conferred upon Meena Banerjee from Kolkata for her lifetime contribution to the field of art and culture as a music critic & musicologist. ‘SaMaPa Yuva Ratan Samman’, which carries cash award of Rs. 11,000 will be conferred upon Kamal Sabri, one of the foremost Sarangi players of the younger generation for his significant achievements and works in the field of Hindustani classical music (Sarangi). 

The announcement was made by the General Secretary of SaMaPa and music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori in New Delhi. He said that the awards will be presented during SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan 2016 by music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori and many other dignitaries.  

SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan 2016 is featuring some of the eminent musicians of Indian classical music including music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori & maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori (Santoor), Pandit Venkatesh Kumar, Malini Awasthi, Bholanath Mishra (Vocal), Ustad Faiyaz Wasifudding Dagar (Dhrupad), Pt. Rajendra Gangani (Kathak Dance), Kamal Sabri (Sarangi), Gaurav Mazumdar (Sitar) and many others. The festival is also a gateway for the young musicians with exceptional talent getting their first stage in a prestigious festival along with senior legendary maestros of the country. This year, again a number of young musicians will be presented and promoted in the festival. The festival is being presented in collaboration with Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, IFFCO and SCZCC. The festival will also feature the Annual edition of Painting Exhibition featuring the artists of Jammu and Kashmir presented in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages.  

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NEW DELHI: The Humanity Excellence Award (THE Award) by We Welfare Society is an attempt to acknowledge performances in the Social sector held at Sirifort Auditorium, Khel Gaon Marg, New Delhi on 19th November 2016. The Chairperson of the NGO Ms. Neha Kala, focuses on honouring achievers from various fields.The concept is proposed by a NGO “We Welfare Society” which aims at being serviceable to the humanity and serving mankind to the fullest. Furthermore, the NGO strives to offer its services for the betterment of human purposes and to support Community for rendering their contributions and achievements in their own field. 

The Event was Guarded by Mahant Shri Aditya Krishan Giri Ji-RSS & Hindu Sena Pramukh, Sh. Vijay Jolly Ji (All India Incharge & Prabhari of Tripura State, BJP and All India Incharge & Ex. Convenor of Foreign Cell, BJP) Advocate Jaiveer Shergil-Youngest Spokesperson of Congress National Media Panelist and RJ Naved- A Well known RJ from Radio City.

A Power pack Event with high headed Dignitaries like Actor Mr. Deepak Wadhwa, Mr. Ashok Yadav, Mr. Naresh Gupta Owner Roca & Mr. Manoj Choudhary owner Magna Communication, Social Activist Mrs Chitra Aggarwal, Mr.Harish Chandra Ajad-Well known Social Activist for Beti Bachao-Beti Padao, Sadhvi Purvi Sakshi, Mr. Amitabh Chiranjeev from Just in Print, Mr. Gupta from Sports Council of INDIA. 

The event was initiated by Lamp lighting and Ganesh Vandna by Lalit Keshav Sharma and have witnessed many power pack performances. A Cultural performance by Brahmnaad Art & Culture, Theatre Act on Human Trafficking by 4th Dimension theatre Group, EW wing Kids  on the tune of Mrs. Preeti Khetan (DID Supermom Top 10 Fame) & soulful punjabi songs by Singer Channi Mastana.

The selections was based on the Social work, preciously Humanity and the Jury included Tarot fame Mrs. Jai Madaan, President-Delhi Congress Mr. Anurudh Lal, Retd .Lieu Rita Gangwani & Advocate Manish Mohan who could fix Awardees Mrs. Richaa Chutani, Mr. Rupak Mehta, Mr. Sandip Soparkarr, Mr. Gulraj S. Shahpuri,  Talees J Rizvi, Mr. Himadrish Suwan, Ms. Arushi Gupta, Mr. Shri Brij Raj Singh, Mrs. Alka Kapur, Mr. Durga Dass and Mr. Mukesh Bhatnagar.

The Event was witnessed many well active as well as social personalities like Mrs. Anu Gupta, Mrs. Anu Dheer, Mrs. Ritu Talwar Sareen, Mr. Yograaj Sharma, Mr.Vansh Mehra, Mr. Ankit Sharma, Mr. JitenderAhuja, Mr. Rahul Kalra, Mr. Harish Sewal, Mr. Vipin Rajput, Mr.Naveen Vyas, Mrs. Priti Bhaskar, Mr. Aditya Nagpal and Ms. Neeleshwari Basak, 

The Event received support from sponsors like F-Salon, House of Wellness by Mrs. Tamanna Singh, Gem Mines by Mr. Amit Gupta, IDFC Bank and AGES ART by Mr. Deepak Sharma. The Event is put together by Mrs. Rekha Vohra, Mr. KamalJeet Bhatti,  Advocate Mr. Virender K Prabhakar and Ms. Neha Kala who is the former Founder and Chairperson for We Welfare Society.

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JAMMU: A Jammu based girl Meenu Mahajan has been crowned as Mrs India Exquisite for year 2016-17 in a national annual pageant organised in New Delhi on Nov 10, 2016. It is proud moment for Jammu that a Jammu girl named Meenu Mahajan daughter of Vinod Gupta and Ramni Gupta, wife of Varun Mahajan of Trikuta Nagar has achieved a feat by being crowned as Mrs. India exquisite 2016-2017 - Queen for a cause in India Exquisite Pageant.

She has brought laurels to the state by winning the crown and now Meenu would be representing India in USA for Mrs International Exquisite. Meenu became the first ever Jammu based woman who has won such She is the first ever Jammuite, who will represent the country in USA for this title in year 2017.

Meenu, who is born and brought up in Jammu city has done her schooling from Tiny tots, graduation from GCW,Gandhi Nagar and  post-graduation in Sociology and Urban Planning. Meenu was also awarded Ms. Beautiful Skin in the India Exquisite pageant and she contested a pageant for the first time and was the only contestant among total 18 who was a fresher in this field and ever got any professional training.

"It is never late to be what you might have been as I firmly believe that the beauty of a woman is to be celebrated through out her life,” said 5.5 inches tall and beautiful, Meenu. After crossing 5 long rounds, finally she made Jammu proud after being crowned and she added that she will continue to move ahead in this field and her next target would win the International Title for India.