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JAMMU: The Jammu Mahotsav-2019 culminated here today with scintillating performances by the daughters of soil Sushmita Banerjee, Sonali Dogra and Sharry Mann. During the three-day event, the Directorate of Tourism, Jammu organized cultural programmes, NukkadNatak, displayed Ethnic Food Stalls, Departmental Stalls and many other activities at Bus Stand Katra, Mansar, Chichi Mata, Bagh-e-Bahu, Mubarak Mandi, Jammu, Suchetgarh and Yatri Niwas, Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu.

It was a great success and the people cutting across the social and religious lines appreciated the efforts being made by the Directorate of Tourism towards promotion of important tourist destinations in and around Jammu through such cultural and unique events. The objective of organizing Jammu Mahotsav was to involve people in large numbers in all these activities and to make them aware about the importance of these destinations having huge tourism potential. The people were also made aware about the importance of promotion of tourism in the region and its impact in boosting economy of the State. 

On last day of the event, 2nd Jammu Sidhra Golf Cup Tournament was also organized by the Directorate of Tourism in collaboration with Jammu Tawi Golf Course. The cultural programmes conducted during Jammu Mahotsav at Bagh-e-Bahu and Mubarak Mandi Complex had a great impact on the audience who had great appreciation for the Tourism Department.

Director Tourism expressed gratitude to all the departments and other stakeholders who extended whole hearted support towards making this traditional event a grand success. He also thanked FCI, volunteers of Youth Hostel Association of India, Global Gandhi Family and NRI’s who played major role in making celebrity performance at Yatri Niwas a grand success.

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JAMMU: On the second day of Jammu Mahotsav-2019, enthralling performances were given by the local artists at Mansar, Chichi Mata, Suchetgarh, Bagh-e-Bahu, Mubarak Mandi, Yatri Niwas Grounds, Jammu and Bus Stand- Katra.  The day started with Nukkad Naatak based on the theme “Beti Padoa-Beti Bachao”  at Veer Marg Market and was witnessed by enthusiastic tourists.  Cultural Programmes were held at Suchetgarh Border Post as part of Jammu Mahotsav to promote Border Tourism wherein large number of tourists enjoyed the mesmerizing folk songs and dances performed by the local artists.

Similar function was  organized at Bagh-e-Bahu which also witnessed heavy rush of people wherein local cultural prorammes started with Dogri Group Dance by Jakson Institute of Cultural Society Jammu  followed by Kashmiri dance item, Sham Rang.  The audience applauded the Dogri song presented by Mohinder Panchairvi “Mithdi-e-Dogren Di Boli” followed by Punjabi and Ladakhi Group Dances. 

Stalls of local food and cuisines, handicrafts, handloom, floriculture, horticulture, agro and other Departments were arranged for the visitors.  Cultural programmes, folk dances were highly appreciated by the tourists present in good numbers at Tourist Resort of Mansar.  A skit on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was also performed at the venue to give social message to the public.   Tourists from outside the State danced to the tunes of local music. 

A heavy rush of pilgrims was witnessed at Katra where local artists thrilled the audience with their traditional cultural performances. The main attraction at Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex was the painting competition of school children besides local cultural programmes, ethnic food stalls and photo exhibition were also appreciated by the tourists.   The visitors enjoyed the Musayria performed at Mubarak Mandi by Kusum Dhar, Lokesh Chander, Swami Antar Nirav, Bindiya Raina Tickoo, H.R.Rehman,  Pyassa Anjum.  

The main highlights of the second day of Jammu Mahotsav-2019 was the live performances of Abha Hanjura, Dr. Deepali  Wattal, Jeewan Sharma, Suchi Arora,  Subash and Neelam Langeh, Ashok Dogra and others.  The audience was thrilled by the Laser Show based on Jammu Tourism and patriotic song and danced on the songs of the celebrity singer Abha Hanjura.

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JAMMU: ‘Ek Mulakaat’ a play, highlighting the plight of women living in conflict zone of Jammu and Kashmir, was performed under Restaurant Theatre at Hotel Premier, Jammu on Sunday. Written and directed by Neha Lahotra, a junior fellow member of Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) ‘Ek Mulakaat’ is a story  of  two women who met after  about three decades in a restaurant in Jammu after the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from Valley.

Neha Lahotra performed the role of Sunita Raina, a Kashmiri Pandit woman and Nitika Suri performed as Ruksar, a Kashmiri Muslim Woman. The play has highlighted the composite culture of Kashmir Valley before the migration of Kashmiri Pandits and the present scenario in which both –Kashmiri  Pandit and Kashmri Muslim communities are living.

The play starts with a sudden meeting of two old friends of Kashmir, who met first time after migration and their discussion showcased their sufferings during last twenty eight years. Kashmiri Pandit woman shared the struggle of her family after leaving their home and the Muslim woman told her, how the militancy has affected the life of Kashmiri Muslims in the valley.

The play was highly appreciated by dozens of  people present at the restaurant. “I performed this play under my subject- Theatre of Convenience- for my fellowship in CCRT and tried to showcase the pain and plight of Women living in conflict zone. Theatre of Convenience is all about performing the play as per the convenience of the audience and Restaurant theatre is one of the important part of it,” said Neha Lahotra.

“The migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley has badly affected the composite culture of Kashmir and the Muslim community has equally suffered due to militancy in the state. I tried to highlight the sufferings of the women of both the communities through this play,” she added. Neha also thanked Hotel Premier for allowing them to perform at their premises.