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SRINAGAR: After enjoying their holiday trip to Kashmir which concluded on Wednesday, officials at the Malaysian High Commission vowed to encourage their citizens to visit Valley for holidaying. Counsellors, Mohammad Hafiz Bin Othman and Zamil, Advisor Dr Ahmad Sham Baharin and Immigration Attaché Siti Zulaikha Binti Abdul Wahab at Malaysian High Commission along with their families were mesmerized by the beauty of Kashmir and local hospitality.

 

Notably, the diplomats had expressed their willingness to visit Kashmir at a recently held Ambassadors’ Meet organised by Tourism department Kashmir in collaboration with Travel Agents Association of Kashmir (TAAK) at New Delhi. Ambassadors from different countries including the Malaysian Ambassador along with their officials from the High Commission had attended the Meet at New Delhi and expressed the desire to visit Kashmir.

 

Director Tourism Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah interacted with the Malaysian diplomats and apprised them about the remarkable tourism products the state of J&K has to offer. During the interaction, the diplomats informed Director Tourism that they are receiving numerous queries from their native country about their travels to Kashmir. The diplomats said that on their visit, they witnessed a true picture of the beautiful place that is rightly called as heaven on earth.

 

The visiting delegates said they would post their travel pictures form Kashmir on their official website and promote Kashmir among their countrymen. “They also promised to promote Kashmir by encouraging their citizens to visit the Valley without having any fear,” said Director Tourism.

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JAMMU:  Dogri Play “Dangar”  was staged by Dogri Sathya Mandal Ramnager (Udhampur) on the 2nd day of the ongoing 2nd Theatre Festival-2018 being organized by Sangam Theatre Group Reasi and supported by Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India) here at Abhinav Theatre Jammu , today Sh R. S. Pathania MLA Ramnagar constituency was the Chief guest while Dr. Arminder Singh Amn Add. Secretary J&K Academy of art, culture and languages was preside over the function while Ajay Jamwal MD Jamwal Group of collages was the guest of honor on the occasion,  the play was written and  directed by Jagdeep Dubay. 

The play revolves around  four characters. Every character is equally connected to each other but are having different mind-set. The central character of the play was Barfu Ram.The Story of the play reflects border area problems. Chief Guest Mahesh Sharma appreciated the efforts made by the organizers and also appreciated the performance of the artists. On the occasion M. Akram Khan Director Sangam Theatre Group said that there are still certain drawbacks within the theatre culture. If theatre activities take place and shows are organized on a regular basis, people would connect to it and start attending such shows. I feel really nice that we are trying to revive the theatre culture. We want that more and more people should participate and witnessed and thanks the Ministry of culture (GOI) for support ed the event. The artists who performed were Vipan Upadhaya as Bafro Ram, Rajni Khajuria as Pakhru, Raj kumar as Neta, Vaid Madhotra as Munshi, Jagdeep dubey as Noor Ali, Rajesh Dubey as Chiru, and Ashutosh Prashar as Chusru.

 

The music was given by Rajesh Dubey, Lights Pawan Sharma, Make-up by Vaid Madhotra, Costumes by Vipan Upadhaya . and Set was designed by Raj Kumar. Prominent personality, theatre artist and directors included Anil Bharti, Manzoor Mir, Surinder Goel,  Kusam Tikoo, Shadab Khan, Sapna Soni, Neeraj Kesar, Promeela Koul, Parveen Akhtar, Rohit Bhat, Shazi Khan, Vijay Goswami, Raja Aamir Khan and other spectators witness the play and appreciated.The Programme was compared by renewed headrest Sapna soni. Tomorrow Samooh Theatre Group (Regd) will present Hindi play ”Oedipus Rex” Directed by Ravinder Sharma, originally written by Sophocles and translated by J.N. Kaushal.

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JAMMU: Senior Artist of Jammu, Jang S. Verman will participate in National Art Festival being organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from 14th to 18th March, 2018 at Patni Top (J&K). He has been invited along with other well known painters of the country, to participate in the prestigious event of the Akademi.

Jang S. Verman is well known artist of Jammu working in multi- media and working on innovative techniques. He is writing on art & culture and is a writer of Punjabi also. His art has been displayed internationally in Sweden, South Korea and India in international art exhibitions at New Delhi (thrice), Kolkata, Jammu (thrice), Chandigarh (twice), Naggar (Kullu) (four times), International art camp at Naggar (Kullu) (twice) and Bhamlada (Pathankot- Dalhousie Highway). His art has been put on display and he has participated in art events at national and state level in cities like New Delhi, Benglore, Ludhiana, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Amritsar, Sunderbani, Rajouri, Jammu, Shimla, Jalandhar, Bhamlada (Pathankot- Dalhousie Highway), Bhopal, Gwalior, Gajansoo (Indo- Pak border), Kargil and Chamba etc.

He has written columns on art & culture in a number of news papers and magazines of J&K state. His poetry and short stories have been published in periodicals in the state. He is senior journalist in a daily of Jammu and contributing full page on art- culture on every Sunday. He has worked as first Assistant Exhibition and Programme Officer of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and presently is on the Editors’ Board of Punjabi literary magazine ‘Aabru’, a publication with international standards published from Jammu and included in the UGC’s approved list of magazines. He has been associated with five universities in India to work as paper setter, examiner, judge and expert to conduct workshops and demonstrations. He has also worked as Divisional Organizing Commissioner (Scout), KVS Divisional Assoc. of BS&G, Jammu and Assistant State Organizing Commissioner, KVS State Assoc. of BS&G, New Delhi.

Jang S. Verman is recipient of awards and honours from prestigious organizations like All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, H P State Museum, Simla, Centre for Cultural Resources (CCRT), New Delhi, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), New Delhi (Min. of Edu./ HRD), KVS, Jammu and others. His art works figure in important art galleries and museums in the country.