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BARAMULLA: As part of the Ramadan Special Services initiated by Directorate of School Education Kashmir, Chief Education Officer Baramulla today organized a day-long district level Naatand qawwali competition here at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Baramulla. It was attended by about 300 students of various educational institutions of the district. Deputy Chief Education Officer Balbir Singh was the chief guest whereas heads of various institutions were also present at the event. A bench of judges was also constituted under the supervision of writers Shahnaz Rashid and RanjoorTilgami. 

 

In the event, the students who had earlier excelled in similar competitions conducted at zonal level, displayed their talent.  On the occasion, GHSS Sopore bagged Ist position in prayer competition whereas HSS Dangiwacha and HS Shiva Dangerpora bagged 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Moreover, HSS Pattan topped in Qawali competition while as GHSS Baramulla and Zone Chandoosa bagged 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. All the position holders were felicitated with prizes.

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  • JKAACL organizes Ramadan Naatiya mushaira

 

SRINAGAR: Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Social Welfare, Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash, today said the government is striving to revive the traditional folk art and culture of the state. Asiea made these remarks at a Ramadan special event organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) in collaboration with Directorate of School Education Kashmir at Kothi Bagh Girls Higher Secondary School here today.

Stating that the spirituality and Sufism are deep-rooted in the Kashmir culture and forms the base of Kashmiriyat, the Minister said devotional and folk music has always played an inherent part in religious-cultural milieu of Kashmir. She appreciated the efforts of JKAACL in organizing the month-long events under the series “Ramadan Special” and suggested to organize more such events to promote the rich culture of the state.

 “Events like these will help to get back charm of our traditional Ramadan Ruff and local art that is now confined to our homes,” she added. The event was marked by spiritual and cultural songs rich with traditional tones. The songs communicated a message of love, peace and harmony and mesmerized the audience. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary JKAACL Dr Aziz Hajini said the Ramadan series is aimed at promoting Kashmiri language and rich culture.

The Ramadan series will feature more events like classical NaatiyaMushaira, Qawalis, Quranic quiz for the students and NaatiyaShayiri programme. Cash prize from Rs 5000 to Rs 1 lakh will be given to winners of different contests, besides consolation prizes for general participants. Prominent artists including Prof Naseem Shaheen, RukhsanaJabeen, Saba Shaheen, teachers and students of Kothi Bagh GHSS besides officials from JKAACL and Department of Education were also present on the occasion.

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JAMMU: Manoranjan Kala Kendra (MKK), Jammu presented on Sunday the successful staging of the Punjabi Play “Sach Ki Hai?” written by Harsaran Singh and directed by Tejinder Singh Premee . On this auspicious moment, Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, was the chief guest. Other guests of honour included Dr. Renu Bhagat, Superintendent, Dental Hospital, Jammu, Dr. Baljit Kaur, Head of Punjabi Department, Jammu University of Jammu, Dr. Taran Singh, Superintendent, Ayurvedic Hospital, Jammu and Dy.SP, Rashi Thakur.

The play focused on women, depicts the story of various problems being faced by a woman. In each and every region of the society, men want women to sacrifice and as it evident that till now, women did the same, sacrificed her each and every desire and wish, only for the sake of men dominating society. However, in this play, the protagonist in female lead, who is wife of a professor, does not want to give up her desires.

In our society, it’s a serious issue that if after few years of marriage, a woman does not give birth to a child, men start thinking of having second wife or make a mind to go for surrogacy. He does this only to have a heir for his family who can bring forward the family name as well as take care of their wealth. But on contrary to this, if a man who is not able to produce child, then instead of above options family decide to adopt child. Similarly in this play the husband of the female lead protagonist is not able to produce child and his wife does not want to adopt child. In fact she wants to give birth to a child from her womb. If a men can remarriage or have a physical relationship in such condition then why not women? Why she has to choke the neck of her desires and feelings of giving birth to her child?

This play goes forward by evolving such questions and ultimately leads the husband of the female lead protagonist, to yield against the will of his wife to bear a child in her womb and to have a feel of the same. At the end of the play, the chief guest and other guests of honour applauded the staging of the play as well as the story and acting of the actors who displayed various characters at the stage and backstage.

Earlier, the director of play and Secretary, Manoranjan Kala Kendra welcomed the guests. He gave a special mention of J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages for their financial support as well as motivation. He also thanked electronic and print media for carrying the message to the masses. A word of appreciation was extended to Sardar Harbans Singh (Ex. Minister) for providing hall during rehearsals.

The actors who acted in the play, included Sharnam Sharma, Shilpa Rattan, Aparna Sharma and Shubham Sahni. Backstage actors ncluded Ajay Sharma on Lights, Lokesh and Tara Chand on Sound, Paramjeet and Shubam on Music, Balwinder Kaur on Costumes, Sohan Verma, Ramesh Sharma and Makhan Lal Sharma on Sets, Dr. Ashok on Photography, Daali Khanna on Make- up and Virji Sumbly on Set Design.