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SRINAGAR: One of the prestigious Kashmir oriented literary and cultural programme was held at Tagore Hall organized by Rubi Nisa Khan. Chairman Kashmir society international Khawaja Farooq Renzushah prominent Novelist and writer, Mr. Aziz Hajani secretary cultural Academy ,Mr.Zaman Azurda distinguished poet ,Mr Ashraf Baba prominent poet,Mr. Inayat ,Mr. Illahaie chairman of Dubaie international,Mr.B.K chairman iconic satellite Cultural group were present on the occasion.

The elite class of classical & heritage programmes, Sufi songs of purity were presented on the occasion. Mr. Manzoor Shah prominent Sufi folk singer presented his special performance and recited Lal Dad & and Sheikh ul Alam kalams. He was recently awarded by Shilong Govt.KBV production appreciated Mr. Manzoor Shah at Tagore Hall.

While interacting on the occasion Khawaja Farooq Renzushah said that Kashmir to Kashgar is name of great civilization. He said we have given solar calendar to world being 5 thousand years old civilization and taught globe to document history from era of Kalhan. Kashmir which has been created as heaven is abode of great spiritual Awaliyas from time of Hazrat Bubulshah (RA) & Hazrat Amir Kabir (RA). He expressed his happiness that jampacked Tagore Hall was mismerized by such spiritual Sufi music.

On this occasion special app of cash N carry was launched and Mr. Kamalie Md cash N carry as well as General Manager Ashraf Baba of JK Cements was awarded by Renzushah and Zaman Azurds.

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LEH: On the third-day of Ladakh Festival various functions including Mask Dance (Chams), Thanka exhibition, handloom, handicraft and food stalls, photo exhibition of birds and mammals of Ladakh, archery competition and polo matches were held here in the district. DC Leh Avny Lavasa inaugurated the handloom, handicraft and food stalls and photo exhibition of birds and mammals of Ladakh by WCBL (Ladakh Bird Club) in the morning at Leh main market. She was accompanied by concern district officers. She visited every stall and appreciated everyone for their participation in Ladakh Festival.

 

Brig R.S Sundaram, SM, VSM was the chief guest for the program of Mask dance at Chokhang Vihara Leh. The dance included Gonbo Khor (Maha Kala), Mahey, Rgyal Lon, Acharya and Bakchung Karu dances performed by the monks of Pheyang monastery. ADC, Moses Kunzang was the chief guest on the inauguration event of archery competition. Various teams including students participated in the archery competition.   

 

Polo match began with the postponed matches followed by scheduled matches. The first match was played between Indus Polo Club Chushot and Drass Polo Club, where the former won by 5 goals. The second match was played between Ladakh Scout Regimental Centre (LSRC) and Kundik Polo Club Wanla which was won by the former by 5 goals.  Besides, parallel events like Art Exhibition, photo exhibition, talk series, sustainable/rural tourism/spirituality and environment and screening of films/documentaries on Ladakh at LAMO Centre and live demonstration of contemporary sculpture were also held. Besides, exhibition at Onpo House and folk singing by veteran folk artists of Ladakh headed by renowned folk singer Tsering Stanzin was also held at Lonpo House in Kharyog, Leh.

 

Tourists both foreigners and domestic were present during these events in good numbers. Besides, locals were also seen enjoying the Chams, archery, polo and food served at food stalls arranged in Leh main market as part of Ladakh Festival. Music concert was also performed in the evening at Leh main market.

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LEH: The four-day annual Ladakh Festival began here today with a scintillating ceremony in which Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel was the chief guest.  The inaugural ceremony witnessed a cultural extravaganza showcasing a glimpse of the rich heritage of Ladakhi culture and tradition. Around 20 cultural troupes dressed in ceremonial attire from all parts of Leh district and five groups of school children participated in the procession. 

CEC, LAHDC Dorjey Mutup, EC (Agriculture) Tsering Wangdus, EC (Health) Gyal Wangyal, EC (Tourism) Tsering Sandup, DC Leh Avny Lavasa, Deputy Director Tourism Riaz Ahmad Shah, ADC Moses Kunzang, district officers, president and representatives of travel & trade, hotel and merchant association were also present on the occasion. Foreign and domestic tourists and locals gathered in large numbers to witness the ceremony of Ladakh Festival, 2018.

On the occasion, Secretary Tourism emphasized on the present and future prospect of tourism in Ladakh. He appreciated the coordinated efforts put in by all the stakeholders involved with tourism sector like District Administration, NGOs working on environment and tourism, hoteliers, travel association and others. He expressed gratitude to the tourists visiting Ladakh and wished them a happy journey in future too.      

DC, Leh Avny Lavasa said that Ladakh Festival is a major event organized every year by LAHDC, Leh and J&K Tourism Department in collaboration with the local communities. She said that the main objective of Ladakh Festival is to promote the richness, depth and pageantry of Ladakh’s centuries-old culture, tradition, folk heritage, besides providing tourists with the opportunity to experience its diversity and vibrancy.