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JAMMU: Six Jammu based Artists viz. Jang S. Verman, Khushbu Sharma, Mehak Sharma, Shivali Jamwal, Anila Singh Charak and Kaneesh Panotra have participated in the International Art Exhibition of paintings and sculptures. This International event has been organized by International Reorich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar, Kullu Valley, Himachal Art Heritage, Sunder Nagar, HP, ArtFort India, Chandigarh and Verman Cultural Celebrations, Jammu at the Modern Art Exhibition Art Gallery and open air premises of IMRT. The exhibition has been dedicated to Late Naveen Dhiman, eminent painter from Sunder Nagar (HP).

The event is a part of the 25th Anniversary of the International Reorich Memorial Trust, Naggar, Kullu (HP which has been celebrated on 22nd October, 2017. Two events viz. International Art Exhibition and Workshop would be conducted simultaneously. The festival was inaugurated with lighting of ceremonial lamp by the artists. Sh. Ramesh Chander, Indian Curator, IRMT, Naggar welcomed the guests and highlighted the vision and mission of IRMT and the contribution of artists towards society. Mr. Alexandar, Special Officer of the Trust read out the message of Ms. Larisa V Surgina, Russian Curator in her absene due to hed illness. Sh. Jang S. Verman, senior artist fro Jammu on behalf of the artists participating in the art exhibition, also expressed his views on this occasion. A cultural programme on the classical presentations and folk dances was also presented on this occasion.

Jang S. Verman, Khushbu, Mehak Sharma and Shivali Jamwal would also be a part of the workshop being conducted during this event. Other participants of the event are Prabhinder Lall, Manmadh Rao, Aakriti Sexena and Vishal Bhatnagar, Chandigarh, Harpreet Singh , Mohali, Harpreet Kaur, Jalandhar, Reena Bhatnagar and Neeti Joshi, Zirakpur, Sankari Mitra, Kolkatta, Rupinder Kaur, Bhopal, Suhani, Nagpur and Roma Bahl, Lucknow. The art of Prof. (Dr.) Clemens Beung Kun Sou, South Korea, Anna Krzeminska, Pawel Nocun and Wojciech Ciesniewski, Poland, Larisa, Zuvkova and Anastasia Mukhina, Russia would be a part of this event.

It may be rational to introduce IRMT here. The International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT) was founded in 1992- 93 on the initiative of Svetoslav Roerich and his spouse Devika Rani with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of India, the Government of India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh to preserve and promote the heritage of the outstanding Russian family of the Roerichs and develope the holy Roerich Estate into a world- class museum, educational, scientific and cultural centre. In the Indian centre of IRMT at Naggar, 25 KM ahead of Kullu towards Manali has Ms. Larisa V Surgina and Ramesh Chandra as Russian and Indian Curators respectively.


It may be reminded that Jammu artists have earlier also displayed their creativity at various levels in and out of state in state, national and international art exhibitions and workshops in the recent years. Many sculptors, graphic artists and painters of Jammu have participated in art workshops, symposia etc. in Sweden, Australia, Romania, China, Sri Lanka, Dubai and other countries across the world. Similarly Jammu city has seen the conduct of International shows of art, paintings and cartooning during past recent years. 

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JAMMU: “Amateur Theatre Group has been invited to showcase its most acclaimed and scintillating presentation “Ishq Malangi” by one of the largest theatre assemblies in the subcontinent, Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival in its 12th edition which is going to be held at Hyderabad in Telangana”, this was unveiled by Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and Director ATG, Mushtaq Kak in a press conference, here today. The 10-day, multi-venue, multi-lingual festival this year will feature a host of the best plays from across the country and overseas.

The Theatre Festival will feature some of the best productions from across the country and will host 150 artistes, playwrights and technicians performing plays in multiple languages at various venues across the city for 10 days. Telangana`s flagship theatre festival is credited with Hyderabad`s theatre revival and it is curated by Padmashri recipient Mohammad Ali Baig to pay tribute to his father, Hindustani theatre legend Late Qadir Ali Baig saheb.

"Ishq Malangi" play portrays the tale of true and unconditional love during the era of 1940s when Jammu City was a small town with a red light area called as Urdu Bazar having few houses which were known as Kothas and frequented by the affluent sections of society for their entertainment through music and dance. Kak who has directed more than 100 plays in Dogri, Hindi, English and even in Sanskrit at various parts of the country and abroad stated that Ishq Malangi has already been staged at Mysore Theatre Festival and acclaimed as one of the outstanding presentations of Amateur Theatre Group.

Mushtaq Kak further stated that plays by Nadira Zaheer Babbar, Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry, Mushtaq Kak, Surabhi Theatre, Feisal Alkazi, Ila Arun, Manav Kaul and Mohammad Ali Baig and a concert by sitar maestro Anoushka Shankar with her 7-member orchestra from London, playing to the restored Indo-British-German film 'Shiraz' comprise this year’s line-up of meaningful and world-class plays will be added attraction of the fest. "Plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Manto, Mahesh Dattani and others will comprise the mesmerizing line up of Hyderabad’s flagship theatre extravaganza", Kak added.


The festival is being presented by Karvy and co-sponsored by Shadan Group of Institutions, in association with Golden Jubilee Hotels, Information and Public Relations Government of Telangana, British Council and British Film Institute. It is mandatory to mention here that Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation has become synonymous with world-class theatre in Hyderabad incude Indian Classics, Broadway Hits, Tony Award Winners, Tragedies, Comedies, Period Spectacles, Social Satires, Mythology, Fantasy, Musicals, Dastaan-goi, Dance Theatre, Puppet Theatre, Circus Theatre, Monologues and Dialogues. Over 400 multi-lingual theatre evenings by some of the most respected names from across the country and overseas presented and performed by the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation for the period of last 10 years.

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JAMMU: “Muntazir” a short film produced by J&K State Social Welfare Board (JKSSWB) on Elders’ abuse was screened here   today at Teachers, Auditorium. The five minute duration thought provoking short film throws light on the plight of the senior citizens who are forced out of their homes after giving their whole life in raising their children and securing their future. The short film conveys a message to the young generation to show compassion and take utmost care of their parents in the old age. Earlier, the film was released by Union Minister of state for Development of North Eastern Region, Dr Jitendra Singh in the presence of Speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta and chairperson J&K state social welfare board Dr. Prof. Nirmal Gupta and other guests.


The chief guest, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the government has taken several steps for the welfare of the elderly persons which include the National Programme for healthcare of the elderly. He said the scheme provides for specialized services for their treatment. Stressing on showing compassion to the elderly persons, he said just a simple act of talking to them face to face about and asking them how they feel can relieve their depression and keep it away. He spoke on several aspects of the issue and asserted that the elders also need to change mentality towards youth to combat the problem. He appreciated the steps taken by the board and the committed support towards the cause.

Speaking on the occasion speaker of J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta, averred that the warning signs of some kind of elder abuse are frequent in the society. “This is quite a burning issue. The elderly persons are abused in their own homes, in relative’s homes and even by the faculties responsible for their care” he regretted. He called for acting swiftly if any one suspect that an elderly person is at risk of neglect or being preyed upon financially. “It is important to speak up and try to solve the problem by providing counselling to the victim and his heirs.”  

Earlier, Chairperson J&K state social welfare board, while welcoming the guests, stated that elderly people often face neglect and are abandoned. She opined that the age old Indian tradition of a joint family should continue for the betterment of the society. “The elders should not only be respected, but given respect and regard by their family members, as well. If you suspect abuse, you need to report it. You can protect seniors by bringing up the issue of abuse with a trusted authority member” she appealed to the people.

Giving details of Board’s functioning, she asserted it is committed towards the betterment of senior citizens, physically impaired and weaker sections. Ravikant the narrator in the film – Muntazir, very ably anchored the release programme. In his address, Secretary J&K state social welfare board Shahid Mahmood, extended gratitude to the contributors of the film – Director Radio Kashmir, Jammu, Pradeep Pandita, Ravikant and others. The programme was attended by   representatives of the senior Citizens Organizations, NGOs and the prominent citizens present.