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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. 

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  • Ice-climbing, snow marathon, ATV rides, Musical events bring Pahalgam alive

PAHALGAM: With tourists flocking famous ski resort Gulmarg in droves, the department of tourism Kashmir this year celebrated New Year at Pahalgam to promote the destination for winter tourism. Pahalgam, which primarily is a summer destination, receives lesser tourist footfall in winter months as compared to Gulmarg which remains packed. However, for past few years, the department is promoting Pahalgam as winter destination through various sport activities.

The department kick-started the New Year celebration by organizing first ever snow half marathon at Pahalgam, ice-climbing events and All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) ride show. Director tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah flagged off the race at Pahalgam Club which passed to Aru and culminated back at the starting point to compete 21 kilometres. The snow-marathon, which brought Pahalgam alive, is first of its kind half marathon organized under sub-zero temperatures to promote the destination and also keep local youth engaged.

The department also organized ice-climbing at Pahalgam in which scores of the trained mountain climbers participated and hiked the cliff. Later in the evening, the department organized cultural and musical events at Pahalgam Club which entertained both locals and the tourists.  The audience at the jam packed hall burst and cheered at every musical note and applauded the artist for their live performances. Among the audience were many tourists who also enjoyed the cultural show. In the evening, the club was illuminated perfectly while the hoteliers also illuminated their properties giving the resort a festive look.

Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the Gulmarg is receiving good number of tourists during winter months while as other destinations receive lesser footfall which needs to be promoted for winter months also.  “We celebrated New Year at Pahalgam so that this resort is also made popular for winter months. Pahalgam is also receiving good snowfall besides has potential for winter adventure sports activities,” he said.

Last year also, the department organized skiing courses at Pahalgam which received good response from sports lovers from across the country. Director Tourism said the department is also promoting the destination for ice-climbing.  “We organized ice-climbing events which is a huge attraction for foreigners,” he said. VC JKTDC Rafi Mir also joined the musical event in the evening. Among others who were present include Deputy Director Tourism Riyaz Beigh and Peerzada Zahoor, General Manager JKTDC Tabasum Kamli, CEO Pahalgam Development Authority Mushtaq Simnani, SDM Pahalgam Mohammad Ashraf, Assistant Director Tourism Pahalgam Bilal Mir, Managar Pahalgam Club Majeed Qureshi, President of Pahalgam Hoteliers Club Imaad Rafi.