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  • Youth participation must to promote Dogra language, culture & heritage: Vikramaditya Singh

JAMMU: Abhinav Bharti and Renu Bala were adjudged as Mr. and Miss Duggar 2017-18, respectively during an event jointly organized by Khand Mithe Log Dogre and Team Jammu at Auditorium of Government Women College, Gandhi Nagar, here today. The four member jury also adjudged Sonali  Rajput and Navdeep Sambyal as Ist runner up while Divyam and Sanjana Manchanda as 2nd Runners up of the event. Divya Surya and Poonam were awarded with consolation prizes.

Former MLC and Trustee, Dharmarth Trust, J&K, Yuvraj Vikramaditya Singh was the chief guest while Chairman Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal was the guest of honour. Besides, President, Dogri Sanstha, Joginder Chattarpal, Additional Secretary, Dr Amrinder Aman, noted Dogri writers, Kuldeep Dubey and Yashpal Yash were the special guests on the occasion. Besides a presentation of a Dogri skit, duo Dogri dance and songs, a total of three rounds focusing Dogri, Kashmiri and Ladakhi culture of the state were held, during the which young boys and girls exhibited their talent and enthralled the gathering.

During the event, the colour of Duggar Pradesh in which the participants from different areas of Jammu Province used traditional props of the state and walked on the melodious tunes of folk songs of J&K.  The second round was on the theme of “Tred West” round in which participants showed their creativity about how they can look beautiful and modern in a refined and sophisticated manner, whereas last round was exclusively focused of Dogrra folk during which Mr. and Miss Duggar 2017-18 were announced. During the last round, the participants were dressed up in traditional Dogri Dress and walked on tunes of the traditional marriage ceremonial songs including Ghoriyan and Suhaag.  

While addressing the gathering, chief guest, Vikramditya Singh congratulated the young organizers for organizing a show exclusive of its kind on the theme of Dogra Culture . “Its is amazing to see that young youth of Jammu region are making all out efforts to promote our own culture and language even during today’s competitive world when people are focusing on their careers. He also appealed to the people of Jammu to allow their wards to learn Dogri language as well as keep them well informed about Dogra history and culture.

Chairman, Team Jammu, Zorawar Singh Jamwal in his address said that it is for the first time that such a show has been organised in which exclusive focus has been made on Dogra Culture. While appreciating the organizers including Amar Chuhan, Er Himanshu Jai Hind, Arun Slan for promoting Dogra Culture and its heritage through such an event, Zorawar Singh Jamwal further said that, “it is also a fact that in today’s world, our youth are giving more importance to western culture.  And this is happening by compulsion as right from primary education level, English language is given top priority. Jammuites must realize that the  time has come to join hands and start promoting Dogri language, culture and start re-working on preserving Dogra heritage before it perishes.” Asif Khan, Ruhi Sharma and Anchal Verma were the team coordinators.

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NEW DELHI: Lauding efforts of Kashmiri Pandit community in keeping their children abreast with their culture and heritage, Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Department of Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi today said that those who stay connected with their roots through art, culture and languages never go in oblivion. “Had the community not kept their children's date with their past, many cultural legacies would have faded away into history”, she maintained.


Priya Sethi, while speaking as chief guest at a program - Gaashtarukh VIth -The KP Idol, organized by Jammu Kashmir Vichaar Manch at Sathya Sai Auditorium, New Delhi, appreciated the organizers for holding such programme which connect the young generation to their roots besides upholding the identity of a particular clan. This is the best that a community can pass on to their posterity as 'Legacy', she asserted.

Priya Sethi said this endeavor of Kashmiri Pandit community will enable the young generation to be brand ambassadors of their community as well as Jammu and Kashmir State which is known for composite culture around the globe. The Minister, while congratulating winners as well as those who participated in this annual event, hoped that the community will carry their noble mission of keeping their culture alive for the world.


Priya Sethi said Kashmiri is a sweet language and its songs always mesmerize audiences. Making a mention of Kashmiri Pandit girl who cracked KAS exams and several film directors and producers besides several journalists of the community, she said that their contribution is appreciable and unforgettable. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the concerned organization which has covered all the dimensions for protection, preservation and propagation of cultural ethos of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. She also lauded children of the community for displaying their talents in the field of singing, dancing and music.


Later, the Minister felicitated the participants and gave away the awards to the winners. Nearly, 200 children participated in the event who were from Jammu, Delhi NCR and Dehradun. She appreciated the work and support of JKVM members towards this initiative of the KP community.

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JAMMU: It is  for the first time that any film which is entirely made in Kashmir by the people of Kashmir is releasing outside J&K in several cities. KASHMIR DAILY is releasing on 5th Jan in APSRA Cinema Jammu & PVR Cinemas in other cities. There is a special screening on 7th Jan in Delhi at PVR SANGAM RK PURAM & Infiniti Malad PVR Mumbai. This film is being Produced & Directed by Hussein Khan. He is the writer , editor of the film as well.

Cast of the Film includes several well known actors of J&K and the lead actor is Mir Sarwar who has worked in several Bollywood Films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan , Phantom , Dishoom, Jolly LLB2 & many more. Lead female roles played by Neelam Singh and Sanam Ziya. Rajinder Tickoo has played the character of Antagonist in the film. Veteran actor Zameer Ashai has a guest appearance in the film. Hussein Khan himself has played an important character in the film. Raja Bilal is the Music Director, Ajaz Hussein has penned down Lyrics and Ajaz Rah , Shaheen Mumtaz has sung songs of the Film. Title song MERE SHEHAR MEIN sung by Raja Bilal is getting a wonderful response all over since its release recently.

“It was a pleasure to have Zameer Saab in the film” Hussein Khan said. He further added that he has faced lots of problems while making this film but as they say, once you start something with good intentions then things get was a dream to make a film in Kashmir & nourish a Film Industry here and it’s a step towards that. I have given years to this films, Hundreds of sleepless nights is behind its post production. I am thankful to my family especially my father who has been a constant support throughout the life and this journey and I dedicate this film to him as he passed away last year. He gave some inputs regarding the film which I followed and were fruitful.  I am lucky to have Mir Sarwar with me from the very beginning and till date. Besides playing the lead role in the film , he has done several important things which includes Casting, Execution, Action & Camera as well. I would like to thank Abida Khan who is the Executive Producer of the Film for all the support and it was not possible without her support throughout.

KASHMIR DAILY is presented by Seven Two Creations in Association with Safdar Arts &  is being released by PVR through their platform Vkaao which is wonderful for the independent FilmMakers. Mir Sarwar said that Its very close to my heart in many ways because I have seen its journey from pages to screen, from being part of its execution to the release. Its like a baby who you see taking birth & growing up in front of you. Its our contribution to the Kashmir Film Industry and I expect more and independent filmmakers to come forward & make films as we have there is a hope now. We have paved a way for others as well and its less difficult for others to follow. I am thankful to all the artists , technicians & equipment providers to join us when I approached them for this film and I am thankful Hussein Khan for having faith in me throughout.

Zameer Ashai said in a telephonic interview that it’s a big day for our fraternity that a film made in Kashmir is being released on Theatres. I am glad I am part of the film and I would like congratulate the whole team of KASHMIR DAILY. Rajinder Tickoo said that I was approached by Sarwar for this Film and we shot for few days. There was lot of gap in between & I had my doubts that whether the film will be made or not but I am glad that the film is complete and people are appreciating my work in the film. My best wishes to the whole team of Kashmir Daily. Raja Bilal Said that I am glad that I am part of the 1st Kashmir based film which has 100% talent from here and is getting released in Theatres in other cities as well. Hussein Khan said that I would like to thank all the people associated with the film cast , crew & other people. Let’s fulfill our dreams, make more films and tell our stories to the world through our films in future.