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  • Priya Sethi says event will unfold Jammu as prime national, international tourist destination

JAMMU: A curtain raiser event was today held for the forthcoming Jammu Mahotsav – 2017, a four day mega celebration of the cultural diversity of Jammu region. On the occasion, Minister of State for Tourism, Culture, Floriculture and Parks Priya Sethi launching the teaser for the event, said that this event marks the beginning for Jammu taking its spot in the national and international tourist circuit as an independent and attractive tourist destination. She said that this event will showcase rich cultural heritage and diversity in all its originality and glory.

The Minister said that under the aegis of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, a self sustained tourism model is being implemented in all three regions of the state for inclusive socio-economic development besides ensuring emergence of each region as exclusive independent tourist destination. She said that the ‘Jammu Mahotsav’ is a step in that direction to elevate Jammu beyond its existing identity primarily as a religious tourism destination and make it a hub for multi-faceted tourist activities. This event will also be made an annual feature for the city, she informed.

The Minister informed that special packages will also be introduced in association with JKTDC during the festival to facilitate and divert tourist movement to the nearby tourist destinations in the region. The event scheduled to be held from April 13 to April 16 with main events at Bagh-e-Bahu, will also host supportive features and activities including heritage walk from Amar Mahal to Mubarak Mandi on April 10, local cultural extravaganza, cultural carnival on April 11 and 12, live performance by Lakhwinder Wadali and laser show on April 13, live performance By Abhay Sopori on April 14, live performance by Jassi Gill and Babbal Rai on April 16, folk dances and cultural programs, multi cuisine food stalls, cultural modelling show among others.

Other events include Special Children Film Festival and Art-exhibition at Kala-Kendra among others. The concerned also detailed about the elaborate publicity, security, parking and transport arrangements made for success of this festival. Also present on the occasion were Divisional Commissioner Dr Pawan Kotwal, Director Information and MD JKTDC Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Director Tourism Sushma Chauhan, IG SD Singh besides officials and officers from concerned departments.

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ANANTNAG: The District Information Office, Anantnag today, organized a Mehfil-e-Mushiara at SET College Bijbehara, in which renowned poets of South Kashmir and poets affiliated with “Maraz Adbi Sangam” presented their couplets and enthralled the audience.

The renowned poets who presented their latest poetry included Zahid Mukhtar, Maqbool Veeray, Sonullah Mir, Raja Yousuf, Bashir Asrar, Javaid Sagar, Nasir Naseer, Dr.Hasrat Hussain, Manzoor Khalid, Rayees Janisar, Javaid Anjum, Izhar Mubashir, Bashir Ahad, Bashir Dilbar, Muzaffar Dilbar, Ghulam Mohammad Aashti, Mtr.Hamida Shah Akhter, Reyaz Anznoo, Ajaz Ghulam Mohammad Laloo, Nazar-ul-Islam Nazar, Mohammad Shafi Mehar and others.

The removed poet and writer Ali Sheda presided over the Mushaira. District Information Office is organizing such Mushairas with an aim to provide a platform for young and budding poets of the District so that they can showcase their talent.

DIC Budgam holds Mehfil-e-Mushaira at Magam

BUDGAM:  District Information Centre Budgam today conducted a Mehfil-e-Musharia at Town Hall Magam in which as many as 21 eminent poets participated. The aim of the Mushaira was to stimulate youth of the area towards literary activities and to provide a platform to budding poets. During the function poets including Raheem Rehbar, Gulshan Badrani, and Tehsildar Magam enthralled the audience with their mesmerizing poetry. The participants impressed that steps should taken to promote vernacular language and literature.

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JAMMU:  The tribal and nomadic actors of far-flung area  performed  in a  Gojri play  'Maqadam Bajyoo' held at Abhinave Threare  here today.  The production was held under the banner of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation -a main organisation of the tribes of the state. Directed by  Ch Shokat Naseem- a tribal from Rajouri   the performance was  based on the concept story written  by Dr. Javaid Rahi -a well known tribal researcher.

Dr. Shahid Iqbal,  IAS ,  Director Information and Public Relations was chief guest on the occasion while Dr. A S  Amn Additional Secretary was guest of Honour.  A number of tribal dignitaries, students and scholars  witnessed the play. Dr. Shahid Iqbal  while praising  the production stated that it refelected the  real ethose of life of nomadic Gujjars. He said Gojri is a very rich language and  there is a need  to hold  many such productions  in the state to highlights the shades of tribal life. He said  Gujjars owns  rich folk-lore and performing arts  which needs proper projection at all levels. He congratulated the artists , director and Tribal Foundation for the play.

Earlier welcoming the gusts , Dr Javaid Rahi , the writer of the  play said that 'Maqadam Bajyoo'  -the  production- was designed to portrayed  the real  picture of nomadic life of Gujjars on the stage.  The  reflected the social problems and   issues being faced by our tribal and nomadic communities in their day to day life. Ch Shokat Naseem the Director  of the play stated that the play was enacted and produced mainly by  the member of   Gujjar Bakerwal Community which emerged after  a continues process of   21 days workshop conducted in Rajouri by the foundation.

The story of the play revolves around the issues of a marriage . The whole play revolve  arround the 'Muqadam'- the Tribal  headman - who have a right to interfere in tribal life. Later the dispute resolved amicably  with the interference of local teacher and ends with a  celebrations of a marriage ceremony. Uniqueness of this play was that it gives a peep into the old  migratory life  which is different from the sedentary.

The play was staged in traditional attire and use of their traditional  oral lore, music  on the stage  have  took the audience to remote tribal  pastures of   Gujjar Bakerwals. The play was based on folk-motifs and was designed to reflect Gujjar Culture and inheritance. The play  also highlighted the old performing art tradition.

Those who performed in the play includes  Irshad Ahmed, Shabaz Naseem, Basharat Ali, Sadaqat Ali, , Rafi Shabnum, Bedar Bakhat , Naseer Ahmed ,  , Liaqat Ali , Bedar Bakhat, Sarwar Hussain. Two ladies artists Archna Sharma also  preformed in the play. Music of the play was given by  Muzamal Shah , Lights were designed by  Tariq Fahim and Pankaj Sharma   and the  Costume / Jewellery was arranged by Malla. The production was  held with the support and collaboration of Ministry of Culture,  Govt of India.The Director of  the play  Shokat Naseem introduced his team.