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SRINAGAR: Vice Chancellor Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Prof Nazeer Ahmed on Wednesday inaugurated the University’s first annual day– Irtiqa that was celebrated in the auditorium of Shalimar campus. The day started with flag hoisting ceremony in the premises of Vice-Chancellors’ secretariat. Prof Nazeer hoisted the flag of the university while a band of students perform march past on the occasion. Carrying university flag, a large number of students lead by the Vice Chancellor marched through the university to reach the auditorium.

Speaking on the occasion Vice Chancellor said that the annual day has been celebrated for the first time in the university after a long gap and that it shall become a yearly affair now. He said the objective of this day is to give students an opportunity to showcase their talent in art, singing, folk dance, painting, Rangoli etc and the presence of renowned artists and distinguished sports personals of the valley would be an inspiration to the participating students.

He said he was impressed by the performances of the students in every field. He said it was the first of its kind event in the university and that performances by them in the first attempt were par excellence. He said the students proved that they are talented and assured that they will provide platform to the students to showcase their talent besides providing them a healthy environment for studies and developing infrastructure in the university. 

Earlier Prof Nazeer visited the painting exhibition wherein the students had displayed the artwork and paintings drawn by them. The paintings depicted various issues and concerns including de-forestation, drug abuse, violence, environment degradation, conservation of natural resources, refugees’ issues and other related issues. The vice chancellor interacted with the students and appreciated their way of communication through paintings. He said the painting and art is the best way of communication as a painting appeals to one’s heart and mind and give the simple message an emotional touch and makes it powerful. 

The students had also drawn colorful Rangoli patterns- a traditional decoration art and patterns made with different colors, particularly during festivals. The Rangolis also depicted the flora and fauna, diverse cultures, communal harmony in the society besides giving out a message to save the environment and the local eco system. The vice chancellor visited various other stalls and interacted with the students. He expressed delight over the enthusiasm among the students in various co curricular activities and appreciated their performances.

During the annual dayt celebrations, students presented various cultural and musical programs to enthrall the audience. The jam packed auditorium witnesses huge applauses and standing ovations to the performances of the students. A fusion dance performance by University students combining different dance styles of the state depicting different cultures created a new aesthetic taste and received huge applauses from the audiences. Valley’s top artists and singers including Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Waheed Jeelani, RaiesMohi-ud-Din and others also performed at the occasion and added flavor to the celebrations.

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JAMMU: A state level painting competition under “Swachhta He Seva” (SHS) campaign of Swachh Bharat Mission- Grameen was today held at Kala Kendra, Jammu. Top performing students from all the districts of Jammu and Kashmir participated in the competition and exhibited their talent through paintings on the theme of cleanliness, health and hygiene. After the conclusion of the drawing competition, students volunteered to clean the Kala Kendra building and surroundings, thus percolating a strong message of keeping the earth clean and green.

The painting competition was held under the supervision of Director Rural Sanitation & Mission Director SBM-G J&K, Indu Kanwal Chib. The Director on the occasion spoke about the direct linkage of sanitation with human dignity. Secretary Rural Development Department & Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda led panel selected the paintings of top performing students of the competition.

Apart from painting competition, cleanliness drive awards were announced in which awards were given to three districts each from Jammu and Kashmir divisions. From Kashmir division, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts bagged the top three positions for the cleanliness drives conducted during the fortnight long “Swachhta He Seva” campaign. District Udhampur, Reasi and Jammu got awards for Jammu division for the top performance.

Secretary RDD&PR distributed the awards among the top performing students. She reiterated that Swachta is a comprehensive concept which is not limited to cleanliness but a coherent co-existence with nature for future sustenance. Ittifat Yousuf from Srinagar, Umar Hassan from Poonch and Anwar Hussain from Kargil bagged the top three positions respectively. Adil Malik student of S P Higher Secondary School, Srinagar; Aman Kumar from Govt. Higher Secondary School, Jammu and Insha Iqbal of Higher Secondary School, Kulgam got the consolation prizes. 

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REASI: Ajay Shukla's Hindi play Taj mahal Ka Tender was presented by Abhinaya Kala Manch Reasi at NHPC Auditorium Jyotipuram here today, the play was supported by Union  Ministry of Culture(GOI) and  directed by Shadab Khan.  On the second day of the performence Senior Superintendent of police Reasi Madam Nisha Nathyal JKPS was the chief guest while Sh Romesh Chander KAS Add. D.C Reasi presided over the function and B. S. Sharma chairman STG was the special guest.


The cast and crew include Neeraj Kesar, Shadab Khan, Anil Kumar, Pritam Kumar, Rajesh Ajnabi, Arun Verma, Shubam Sawhney, Rohit Kumar, Pallvi Rajput, Pankaj Sharma, Inderjeet Singh, Hardeep Bhagat, Sarita Devi, Akshita Thakur, Ananya Sharma, Rajat Sharma, Reshav Banathia, Anjana Padwal. The Back stage Music By Angrez Kumar & David, Set design by Aasim Khan, Costume by Rifat Yasmeen, Make-up by Akram Khan and Arun Verma, What would have been the fate of Shahjahan's Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times?  

The play is based on this hilarious burlesque. The persistent Shahjahan, in no mood to accept excuses for delays, sends the somnolent government's construction department into tizzy. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill the emperor's wish, as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in typical sarkari manner. Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see light of the day? Or, does the emperor, fast forwarded in the time, become a victim of the system himself?

The opening of the play was dull. There was a voice-over with Shahjahan on stage, and Mr. Gupta, the chief engineer, joins him on stage. The voice- over continues, Shahjahan leaves, Sudheer, the assistant engineer, enters. That is when is when the narration ends  and  the characters on stage being on a mellow note.

Chief Guest Madam Nisha Nathyal appreciated the Artist who staged the wonderful performance and also appreciated the efforts made by the Abhinay Kala Manch Reasi & Ministry of culture(GOI). The play was highly like by the audience who non-stop clapped for the participants who portrayed every character expertly. The proceeding of the programme by M. Akram Khan, lastly vote of thanks by Shadab Khan.