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  • Calls for strengthening age-old ethos of communal harmony, brotherhood  

KARGIL: Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali inaugurated Zanskar folk festival at Dak Bungalow Padum here. The festival was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) Kargil and All India Radio (AIR) Kargil in which around 200 artists from Zanskar sub-division and different parts of Kargil and Leh districts presented their folk music and dance forms.

Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil Tsering Gyalpo, Councilor Padum Skalzang Wangyal, Nominated Councilor and Former EC Zanskar Affairs Punchoq Tashi, Deputy Director General AIR Kargil Jai Prakash, SDM Zanskar Rakesh Kumar, President Buddhist Association Zanskar Tsewang Chostar, President Muslim Association Zanskar Ghulam Mohiuddin, Former Member Minority Commission Lama Chombel Zotpa, Gyapo Zangla Nima Nurboo besides other concerned were present on the occasion. 

On the occasion, the Chairman while appreciating the efforts of the organizers expressed hope that the step will go a long in reiterating the importance of the preservation and promotion of the various folk music and dance forms of Ladakh region with particular reference to Zanskar valley. He said that apart from folk music and dance forms, cultural ethos of communal harmony, humility, brotherhood, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence need to be practised and endorsed which forms the essence of the multiethnic culture of the region.

The Chairman urged upon JKAACL and AIR to take further steps in organizing similar cultural exchange programmes in other parts of Leh and Kargil districts which he said will help in further strengthening the bonds of communal harmony in the region.

Councilor Padum Skalzang Wangyal, Nominated Councilor and Former EC Zanskar Affairs Punchoq Tashi and President Buddhist Association Zanskar Tsewang Chostar also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of such cultural events which they said would play an instrumental role in giving a fillip to cultural tourism in Zanskar valley. Among others, who were present on the occasion included prominent citizens, representatives of various religious, political, social and cultural organizations and a large number men and women folk. Tenzin Lamo and Tsewang Rigzin conducted the proceedings while as Special Officer for Cultural Activities Kargil Muhammad Ali Tak delivered the vote of thanks.

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JAMMU: Flying Step Institute of Dance and Aerobics organize  Grand Dance Competition Summer War 2018 on 14-08-2018  at Abhinav Theatre. More than 70 students participated in the show which was designed by Mr . Manik Sanotra , MD Flying Steps Institute of Dance and Aerobics.Mrs. Sunaina Mehta KAS( Secretary, JMC) was the chief guest and Mr. Manoj Kumar Editor-in-Chief (Truth Prevail) were the guest of honour. In this occasion chief guest Sunaina Mehta appreciated the efforts of children and management of Flying Step Institute of Dance and Aerobics for organizing catchy and enchanting dance progrrame for the entertainment of audience . The program was hosted by Poorva Prabha renowned actor,model and anchor and vote of thanks by special guest Mr. Shashi Gupta director (Friends Dancing Institute) and Mr. Rajan Sudan (Fashion choreographer).

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SRINAGAR: The premier film education institute of the country, Film and Television of India (FTII), Pune has joined hands with Army to provide training courses in various fields of film and television to the youth of Baramulla. One such course in screen acting was organised from 25 June to 14 July 2018 which provided an excellent opportunity to 30 talented young boys and girls of Kashmir to learn acting skills.
 
The course was conducted under FTII’s outreach programme, which has short courses at the beginner’s level on Screen Acting and an intense 20 days foundation course was conducted under the mentorship of Mr Phonsok Ladakhi who is a rare combination of an actor, singer, yoga teacher and Vipasana practioner. Renowned actor Mr Gufi Paintal was also invited as a special guest faculty to mentor the youth for the course.
 
On 14 July 2018, the closing ceremony of the course witnessed a live stage performance by the participants to mark the successful completion of the course. The event was graced by Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander, GOC Dagger Division, Director FTII, Pune and various dignitaries from civil and district administration besides senior Army and Police officials. A large number of youth trained by the Army in theatre and art earlier this year also witnessed the creative rendition of the budding artists. On this occasion, Mr Zamir, a renowned local artist displayed his award winning paintings and the paintings made by children of Old Town Baramulla were also displayed at the venue.  
 
Speaking on the occasion, the Chinar Corps Commander highlighted the Army’s continued efforts towards building bridges with the Awaam, nurturing cultural heritage and identifying young talent among the youth of the Valley. He also said that it is a matter of honour for the Army to be associated with the FTII in skilling and empowering the Kashmiri youth. He further congratulated all the participants of the course and thanked FTII for organising the courses for the youth of Baramulla.