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JAMMU: Surinsar Mansar Development Authority organised Folk festival under Sunday activity. Bhajan Sandhya dedicated to devotional songs was the highlight of the folk festival. Local cultural group of Ram Ditta and party presented tourists with a range of devotional songs in praise of Mansar devta who is regarded as an incarnation of Sheshnag. Rumalo Ram and party showcased the rich cultural heritage of dogra region. The rendition of Geetru, Tappe, bhaakhs, bhajans, bhaints, fraati enthralled the audience. The tourists were treated to an array of traditional folk songs and oral traditions.

The department of tourism made special arrangements for coverage and documentation of the performances as a part of it's effort to preserve local oral traditions and folk heritage. The SMDA in collaboration with Department of Tourism started the Sunday activity series so as to offer varied experiences to the esteemed tourists who throng the pristine lake destination. The Sunday activity would include trek to Mahoregarh Fort and visits to Deer park in future.

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SRINAGAR: Adbe Markaz Kamraz (AMK) today celebrated its 39th Annual Kashmiri Conference themed 'Kashur tehzeebuk badalvun Anhaar, Khadshe te imkanaat' at Tagore Hall here. Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was the chief guest on the occasion and Vice Chancellor Islamic University Prof. Mushtaq Sidiqui was guest of honour. The inaugural session was presided over by noted writer and critique M Yousuf Teng.

On the occasion, Advisor Ganai lauded the effort of Adbee Markaz Kamraz in bringing stakeholders together to deliberate upon the issue of vital importance. He said voluntary collective efforts from within the society can play a much potent role in the preservation and promotion of cultural ethos in which language plays a pivotal role. He said that “we as Kashmiris need to play our role to preserve our mother tongue as it is through this that we will be able to preserve our culture.”

He instructed the Director School Education Kashmir, who was also present in the conference, to ensure that the government order regarding teaching Kashmiri as a compulsory subject in class 9th and 10th is implemented in letter and spirit.  “We as a society need to form self-help groups that will function and play part in preserving language, ecology, environment and other issues,” he added.

Advisor on the occasion also assured the audiences of taking up their demands of setting up of art gallery in Kashmir and ensuring that the Kashmiri language is taught at secondary and higher secondary levels. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by President (AMK) Farooq Ahmad Rafiabadi and Prof. Farooq Fayaz made the introductory speech while the annual report was presented by Secretary (AMK) Shabnam Tilgami.

Homage was paid to Atiqa Behenji, Dr Syed Shujaat Bukhari, M Ehsan Ahsan, Saifi Sopori and several others who died preceding year. Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Central University Kashmir Prof. Mehrajuddin was the chief guest in the second session, Dr Altaf Hussain was guest of honour and the session was presided over by Retd. Justice Hasnain Masoodi. A special number of AMK’s ‘Prava’ on Mohammad Ehsan Ahsan was also released during the conference by Retd. Justice Hasnain Masoodi.

Awards were also given on the occasion; Dr Aziz Hajni was felicitated with Sharf–e–Kamraz 2018 for his multi-dimensional contribution in the promotion of Kashmiri language and literature. Several other personalities and Sopore based Women organization Majlis ul Nisa was also awarded during the conference. Khilat I Hanfi sopore award was presented to Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, prominent religious preacher Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami and Jeelani Kamran. The award ceremony was presided by retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi. While as Dr Altaf Hussain and Basharat Bukhari were in the praesidium.

The award of best book was presented to Syed Akhtar Hussain Mansoor and Mohi Ud Din Hajni, Gold Medal was awarded to Shugufta Parveen for getting the first position in M.A Kashmiri. Among others, MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami, MLA Langate Er Rasheed, Sahitya Academy award-winning poet Rehman Rahi, Principle Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Former Chairman Public Service Commission M Shafi Pandit, noted Islamic scholar Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami, Prof Nirja Pandit, and Director Srinagar International Airport Akashdeep Singh were present on the occasion.

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JAMMU: Mirchi 98.3 Jammu and Reliance Trends organized a musical evening with the Punjabi singer Parmish Verma at Gulshan Ground on Sunday evening in Jammu. The event started with an Auto Expo where cars of various brands were displayed at the venue for viewing and test drives. People at the venue were highly enthusiastic for the same as the festive season is going on. Fashion show by Reliance Trends also took place which was hosted by Mirchi 98.3 Jammu RJ Mirchi Shwetima. The ramp was walked on by various models showing Reliance Trends collection. The Show stoppers for the Fashion Show were Mirchi 98.3 Jammu RJs , Mirchi Nishant and Mirchi Nikki. 

The Fashion show was followed by an interactive session of the RJ’s with the crowd. The crowd was overwhelmed by the presence of the RJs and cheered for the Radio Mirchi 98.3 Rjs. At last the crowd of about 15 thousand people held their hearts in hand and Jammu showered it’s love on the Punjabi Singer Parmish Verma by cheering “Paindi aa phir dhakk champion” on his entry.

Parmish Verma sang all of his famous songs which were Aa la chak mai aa gaya, Gaal ni kadni  and Taur naal shada which pumped up the crowd with lots of energy. Parmish Verma said that when he was in Jammu the last time he could not think of more people showing up but he was amused to see the crowd and loved every bit of it. He also mentioned that he loves the city and the people of Jammu and will surely be back again. People of all age groups were present at the venue for the concert, including students of various colleges and school students. Parents with their children enjoyed the evening full of energy and fun

Radio Mirchi 98.3 Jammu completed one year in Jammu in October with their RJ’s, Mirchi Shwetima also known as Jammu di Kudicomes with her show on air at 7 am to 11 am in the morning and had a huge fan following at the venue. Mirchi Nishant comes with his show SHAAM SHAANDAR to make the evenings happier and full of enjoyment from 5PM to 9PM. Mirchi Nikki who is also known as Teekhi Mirchi Nikki is on Radio to make the life of the listeners happening and updated with the day to day fun in the city during afternoons.

The J&K Police stood at the venue from the very beginning as a support like none other and made the event possible to be executed without any problems. The support provided by the J&K Police was highly appreciable and everyone was thankful to the police force for the same. Mirchi 98.3 Jammu has done various other shows in the  city and plans to create more magic with many more such concerts in the near future in both Jammu and Srinagar.