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UDHAMPUR: Additional Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Avny Lavasa today inaugurated famous Chougan Mela at Sunal, Majalta. Addressing the gathering, ADC said that district administration has put up stalls for providing information to the people about the various Government schemes and exhorted upon the common masses to avail maximum benefits of these welfare programmes. Besides this cultural programmes presented by the local artists were highly appreciated by the audience during the mela. Tehsildar Majalta, BDO Khoon and many prominent people were also present on the occasion.

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  • Student Qawals mesmerize audience

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) in collaboration with Department of School Education J&K organized Qawali, Husn–e–Qirat and Naat Competitions for students at Tagore Hall Srinagar. On second day of the event today, students from five districts of the valley viz Baramulla, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Budgam and Srinagar presented Qawalis and mesmerized the audience. The student performers were appreciated by one and all present in the hall.

 

Among others present on the occasion include Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Dr. Aziz Hajni, Deputy Director News Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar Qazi Salman, Head Regional News Unit Radio Kashmir Srinagar Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, Cultural officer Department of School Education J&K Gh. Nabi Shakir, former Member Parliament Sharief - Ud - Din Shariq and a galaxy of students and art lovers. 

While welcoming the guests, secretary Cultural Academy Dr Aziz Hajni said that JKAACL is the platform from where budding scholars, poets, writers, singers and artists are nourished   adding added that JKAACL will take all possible measures to promote the ‘Kashur’ talent.       Recalling the contribution of noted poets and singers viz Professor Rehman Rahi and Waheed Jeelani, Hajni said present generation should see them as their ideals and role models in order to grow themselves as distinguished personalities because such kind of personalities are remembered for decades together.

The Chief guest of the occasion Deputy Director News Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar Qazi Salman while addressing the audience said that such events provide a platform to those students who are interested in various art forms and boost their confidence. Head Regional News Unit Radio Kashmir Srinagar Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray congratulated the organizers and participants of the event. He said that such programmes are as important for the overall development of the students as their syllabus.

 

He added that need of the hour is to revive the forgotten cultural traditions of Kashmir, which used to be an integral part of valley during the holy month of Ramadan. Cultural officer Department of School Education J&K Gh. Nabi Shakir while presenting the vote of thanks said that cultural wing of Education Department is quite concerned in bringing out the hidden talents of students. He thanked the Cultural Academy and Regional News Units of Doordarshan Srinagar & Radio Kashmir Srinagar for their coordination and cooperation in making this event a success.

 

On the occasion famous singers and musicians including Rehamatullah Khan, Qaiser Nizami and Haqeem Gh Mohd judged the participants. Prize distribution ceremony of the event will be held in Tagore hall on June 17. Governor J&K will present prizes and certificates to the winning groups.

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JAMMU: Unison Repertory in collaboration with Amateur Theatre Group today staged Hindi Play “Ek Aur Dhronacharya" written by Shankar Shesh at Abhinav Theatre, Jammu. The play was designed and directed by Ifra Kak. The director of the play, Ifra Kak modified the play in such an existing mode that stuck the viewers present in the auditorium at the periphery of their spaces all the way through the play. Actors’ performances were highly appreciated as they rendered the typescript in exceptionally divergent manner.

"Ek Aur Dhronacharya" penned by Shankar Shesh is a thought provoking classic and hard hitting play which depicts the conflict of a teacher who is the modern inheritor of Dhronacharya's legacy. Dhronacharya was the master in the art of archery and scriptures, pressurized by his wife's sense of insecurity generated by hunger and poverty. He had to accept the service as a teacher of Kaurava Princes in one course of time this subordination became a way of life.

In the play, Arvind is a college professor. He wants to restore honesty, discipline and a sense of character building in academic life, which has been taken over by corruption and finally he becomes the victim of power and politics.

In the play, 2 stories are running parallel and interwoven together. The artists who acted in the play were Sunil Parkash Sharma as Arvind/Dhronacharya, Sunaina Kumari as Leela, Mohit Singh Chib as Yadhu and Bhishma, Sanam Sudan as Chandu, Vivek Sangotra as President, Susheel Raina as Vimalendu, Kaanchi Khajuria as Kripy, Dhruv Sharma as Ashwathama (young), Ankit Sharma as Ashwathama and Judge, Mohit Purie as Arjun, Tovin Kumar as Eklavya and Vakeel 2, Delight Sarah Williams as Anuradha and Mohit Kaul as Vakeel 1.

The set was designed by Mushtaq Kak, music was designed by Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kumar conducted sounds where Sanam Sudan and Shiv Dev Singh designed costumes. Sandeep Verma conducted stage proceedings, make up by Shiv Dev Singh, Mohit Chib held property department, Sunil Parkash was the associate director and lights were designed by Pankaj Sharma and Junaid Kak. Ramesh Chander, CEO Unison Repertory presented vote of thanks.