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SRINAGAR: The Chinar Corps conducted the second edition of the annual Chinar Youth Festival at SKICC, Srinagar on 29th Sep 2018 comprising Hunar-e-Kashmir, an array of events and competitions for the children from all over Kashmir and culminating in a scintillating musical performance by the renowned Bollywood singer Mr Javed Ali. Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Hon’ble Governor of J&K was the Chief Guest for the event.          

Kashmir abounds in myriad multifaceted talents but most aspiring youth cannot showcase their talent due to lack of opportunities, security situation plus difficult terrain, poor infrastructure and communication network especially in the mountains. Hunar-e-Kashmir provided a platform to such hidden talents of Kashmir. Participants in large numbers came from all over the Valley as well as remote places in the mountains close to the Line of Control. They participated in solo and group singing, instrumental music, painting and calligraphy.          

To add flavour to the main event, a Mountain Cycle Adventure Rally from Bandipur to SKICC and Jhelum Football Tournament for boys and girls at Srinagar were also conducted. The final match was played between Govt Girls School Kothibagh and Mallinson Girls School which was won by the spirited Mallinson girls. In the boys final SP Govt Higher Secondary School beat CFA Football Academy Soitang to lift the title. The winners of all the competitions were given prizes by the Hon’ble Governor at SKICC.          

Kashmiri youth is excelling in sports and creative arts at national and international level. There are several youth icons in various fields from the Valley. The sportspersons from Kashmir who participated in the recent Asian Games, including Mr Bhanu Pratap, Bronze medalist in Wushu, were also felicitated by the Hon’ble Governor. Ms Insha Quazi, a young entrepreneur, also received a special token of appreciation.          

 The Youth Festival was conducted to channelise the energy of the youth to creative and constructive pursuits plus motivate them to participate in the national cause wholeheartedly. It also showcased the enduring vibrant culture of the Valley despite the scourge of terrorism. The youth were given exposure to new career opportunities through counseling by experts. The young generation got an opportunity to exchange ideas and promote bonhomie. The event unearthed many budding talents in the field of music and creative arts.          

The musical show by Mr Javed Ali and presence of film and TV artists provided wholesome entertainment and highlighted the improved security situation as well as the yearning of the locals to return to normalcy. The Hon’ble Governor complimented the event and the initiative taken by Chinar Corps and also encouraged the youth with assurance of development of infrastructure and conduct of several major events in future.  The Chinar Corps expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Hon’ble Governor for his kind patronage and all other agencies who made the event a grand success.

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UDHAMPUR: The students of Government Degree College for Women, Udhampur  has won laurels for the institution as they bagged first price in Group Folk Dance  at the mega   event ‘Display your Talent’ held at University of Jammu. The College participated in a number of literary, theatrical and musical activities with absolute ardour  under the guidance of Principal Dr. Chander Shekhar.

 

It bagged 1st prize in group dance folk  held on the valedictory day. The principal congratulated the students   and extended his best wishes in their future endeavors. He also encouraged all those students who participated in the event and said that one should keep putting in   efforts because “it is not important to win the race but it is important to be in the race.” He also congratulated all faculty members who were involved in the conduct of the event, cultural committee in general and music department in particular.

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JAMMU: Amateur Theatre Group (ATG) today organised reading session of play 'Ishq-Malangi' in Punjabi adapted by Khalid Hussain at K L Saigal Hall in Jammu. The play is based on Khalid Hussain's two punjabi stories which was dramatised in Hindustani by Pritam Katoch and directed by Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Mushtaq Kak.  Ishq-Malangi has been staged in many National and International Theatre Festivals. Director Mushtaq Kak has directed more than 100 plays in Dogri, Hindi, English and Sanskrit in various parts of country and abroad.

The play portrays a tale of true and unconditional love during the era of 1940s when Jammu City was a small town with red light area named Urdu Bazar having a few houses that were known as Kothas and frequented by the affluents sections of society for their entertainment through music and dance. This play is a self-abnegation of lovers for the quest of fulfillment of true love that transcends physical love between man and woman that is imbibed in musical way. Several intellectuals and theatre lovers were present during the reading session include Additional Secretary JKAACL Dr. Arvinder Singh Aman, Ravinder Koul, Janak Khajuria, Rajkumar Behroopia and Sudesh Sultanpuri.