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JAMMU: Aradhana- A Ray of Hope, a non profit organization that works for the empowerment of underprivileged kids successfully concluded their 8th Foundation day celebration at Kranti Hotel. It started with a dance performance prepared by kids that highlighted the issue of child labor which was followed by a song dedicated to all mothers present there. The annual report of Aradhana was presented by the Chairwoman, Ms. Monika Mitter where all the projects covered throughout the year were presented briefly followed by various cultural performances and fun events by kids.

The foundation day was celebrated to appreciate 8 roaring years of existence of Aradhana and to highlight and facilitate the efforts put forth by the active as well as passive members. The event concluded with felicitation ceremony wherein the members were appreciated for their dedicated services. After the cake cutting ceremony, a tea party was organised for the guests followed by distribution of gifts among the kids. 

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JAMMU: Internationally renowned cultural critic Ravinder Kaul made a detailed presentation about theatre scenario in India in general and J&K State in particular during the 16th Europe Theatre Prize in Rome. In a meeting that was attended by eminent theatre directors, critics, actors and administrators and organised on the sidelines of the Europe Theatre Prize programmes, he delved in depth at the current situation of theatre in the strife ridden J&K State.

Speakers from several conflict zones in the world provided valuable insights into the manner in which culture can be preserved during the time of conflict. Kaul cited the example of 10 day Comedy Theatre Festival organised in the year 2011 and Kashmir World Film Festival organised in 2017 in Srinagar which were essentially non-governmental efforts aimed at restoring the rich cultural ethos of the region. The civil society in Kashmir is conscious of chances of losing its cultural moorings and has risen to the occasion to protect and preserve its cultural heritage, he said.

Ravinder Kaul also highlighted the vibrant theatre scene in Jammu region of the State and in order to support his contention, screened a video recording of Amateur Theatre Group’s much celebrated play ‘Ishq Malangi’, directed by Mushtaq Kak. The participants evinced keen interest in the play and opined that the play could play a significant role in conflict resolution between India and Pakistan as the story of the play was located in the partition of the country in 1947.

Speaking about the theatre scene in India, Kaul said that while there was vibrant and varied theatre activity in the metros and major cities, theatre was struggling to survive in small and big towns of the country. However, he expressed hope that the situation would change for the better with many corporate houses coming forward with financial and organisational support for promotion of theatre.

The meeting ended with Kaul thanking all participants for evincing keen interest in Indian theatre and the theatre of J&K State. He hoped that this interaction would result in staging of relevant plays from their respective countries in India and Indian plays being staged in their countries.

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JAMMU: French Club Jammu conducted the Grande Final of ‘School’s Got Talent’ that included Dancing, Singing  and Acting  in the Teacher Bhawan Auditorium.  245th schools participated in the Grande Final and the participants of these schools enthralled everyone with their stupendous and breathtaking performances of Singing, Dancing and Acting. In the Dancing Category, Aman Prusti from  New Era High School secured first position, Harshika from St. Peter High School got second position, Nandini from K S Public School and Sneha from Oriental Academy Shared third position respectively and special Consolation prize was given to Namya of KC Gurukul School.In the Singing Category, Vaibhav from Heritage School secured first position, Kunwar from KC Internatioal School fetched second spot and Chetan from Springdales  School got third position.In the Acting Category, Dhruv Lamba from Model Academy secured first position, Bipasha from KC International claimed second position and Kosar from KC Gurukul School got third position.  

The motive behind this talent hunt was to promote hidden talents of the state.  Kavinder Gupta, Speaker J&K Assembly who was the Chief Guest on the occasion congratulated French Club for organising Grande Final of Schools Got Talent , he said “ Jammu has abundant talent and it is our duty to provide platform to the budding artists”.  Sohail Kazmi, Senior Journalist and Social Activist presided at the event, he appreciated the organisers for having provided the opportunities to the young budding talents and also appreciated the best performers in the Grande Final. District President , BJP, Baldev Singh Billawaria , Dr SD Singh Jamwal, IGP, Jammu and Yudhvir Sethi, State Vice President, BJP were the Guests of Honour on the occasion while Gaurav  Gupta, Secretary CCI and Sonika Sharma , Mrs Earth face of North India were the Special Guests. Prominent who were present on the occasion were Harbans Chaudhary, President, BJP, Satwari Mandal , and Ankush Gupta, President, Gandhi Nagar Mandal and Ajay Singh Chandel, President , Rudra Youth Trust.The Jury members comprised of  Kusum Tickoo,  Vivek Mohan , Karan Malhotra, Pawan Verma, J R Jackson, Vikas Chaudhary,  and Ankush Padha.

 

Sugandhi Goel, MD ,Trived Management Company managed the whole event with her team members that included Trinate, Rozer, Sonali, Mehak, Sandhya and Mohit. Senior Members of the French Club  who were present on the occasion were Rajesh Chib, Ujwal Singh Rathore, Tapas, Harminder Singh,Lokesh, Ravinderpal Singh, Ashish, Preeti Bhat, Nisha Reshi,  Deepshikha, Isha, Damini and the Grande Final of Schools Got Talent was done under the supervision of Ashima Sharma ,Senior Member of French Club.The Proceedings of the programme were conducted by Simran , Sabia ,Aarti And Gagandeep Singh.