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UDHAMPUR: On second day of three-day Annual Shiv –Parvati Moungri mela today thousands of visitors and devotes from within and outside the district thronged Moungri Mela and paid their obeisance to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. A scintillating cultural programme was presented by the J&K Academy of Art Cultural and Languages, and renowned local artists of the area which were highly appreciated by the people present in the mela.

 

Welcoming the gathering, Dr Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages said that since last few years JKAACL initiated the activities in the remote and upper reaches of Jammu province focusing the regional festivals so that the local artists can be encouraged. Tehsildar Moungri, Amit Verma while speaking on the occasion appreciated the artists from Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, culture and Languages and said that local artists are being encouraged. He hoped that JKAACL will continue participating in such Melas in future.

 

On the occasion, the department of Youth Services & Sports in collaboration with Education Department Udhampur organized rural sports activities as well.  It was also given out that J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association is also organising a wrestling match at Sar Dabber on 16th May where wrestlers of name and fame from the state and outside are participating. Number of temporary sweet shops, toy shops and other eatable corners by the locals as well as outside vendors were the main attraction for the general public visiting the Mela site.

 

 The District administration has made adequate arrangements of Water, Electricity, Healthcare, Security, transport etc. for the successful conduct of the mela. Awareness stalls were also put up by many departments on the occasion. The parties who performed during the cultural event include Kem Raj and Party (Kud), Pavitri Devi and Party (Dogri folk), Bodh Raj and Party(Geetru) and Kartar Singh and Party ( Bhaakh).

 

Ms Sonam Khajuria, Lecturer in English, Government Degree College, Mahanpur, Kathua conducted the proceedings while Sh. Bishan Dass, Assistant Cultural Officer, JKAACL presented vote of thanks. Among others, Block Development Officer, Moungri Suman Katal, Zonal Physical Education Officer, Pawan Sharma , officials of different departments and local mela committee members   besides  large number of local residents of the area, students, youth and eminent citizens witnessed and participated in this historical Mela.

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JAMMU: An International Art Exhibition was inaugurated at Modern Art Gallery of International Roerich Memorial Trust (IRMT), Naggar in Kullu (HP). Sh. Ramesh Chander, Indian Curator and Mr. Dmitry Surgin, Assistant Russian Curator jointly inaugurated the Exhibition in the presence of senior artists like Jang S. Verman (Jammu), Prabhinder Lall and Jaskanwal Jit Kaur (Chandigarh) and Sankati Mitra (Kolkata).

The exhibition has been organized by IRMT in collaboration with ArtFort India (Chandigarh) and Verman Cultural Celebrations (Jammu). The art works of twenty six artists from India, Sweden, South Korea and Vietnam have been put on displayed in the International Art Exhibition. Art works depicting various themes and in different mediums leave their impact on the viewers. According to Sh. Rames Chander, ‘The purpose of organizing such events is to broaden the horizon of creative activities across the borders.’ He appreciated the contribution of the artists hailing from different parts of the world.

The art vworks of the followimg artists have been displayed in the show: Dr. Clemens (South Korea), Anita Elgerot, Naemi Bure and Gunilla Lofgren (Sweden), Thu Suong Vo (Veitmnam), Jang S. Verman, Mehak Sharma, Nidhi and Ranju Kumari (Jammu), Renu Bala (Pathankot), Prabhinder Lall, Jaskanwal Jit Kaur, Dr. Suneet Madan and Neeti Joshi (Chandigarh), Manmadha Rao (AP), Roma Bahl (Lucknow), Mahmood Ahmad, Shyam Sharma and Hardeep Siera (New Delhi), Dr. Meenakshi Bharti (Jaipur), Sonam Sikarwar (Bhopal), Indrani Acharya and Sankari Mitra (Kolkata), Nijeena Neelambabram (Kerala) and Raghu Neware (Nagpur).  A three days’ All India Painters’ Camp was also started on this occasion Jang S. Verman, Prabhinder Lall, Jaskanwal Jit Kaur, Sankari Mitra, Mehak Sharma, Nidhi and Ranju Kumari are participating in the camp.

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JAMMU: An exhibition of Paintings by Jyoti Gupta, titled ‘Music- n- Moods’ was inaugurated at Kala Kendra, Jammu today by Smt. Priya Sethi, former MoS. A total of eighteen paintings are put on display in the show. Speaking on this occasion Smt. Priya Sethi appreciated the art works created by Jyoti Gupta, a self taught painter of Jammu. ‘Exceptionally excellent work “Music ‘n’ Moods”. I congratulate Jyoti jee on keeping her passion alive.  All the best for your future.” According to Jyoti Gupta, ‘Music rejuvenates mind and soul. Every art piece, gives the onlooker a moment to pause and rely on senses and feelings of artist through these works. The art works displayed in the exhibition transform the visual rhythm of strokes and colours into melodies.’

The present show is the first solo exhibition by artist Jyoti Gupta showcasing the collection in acrylic and oil colours and inspired by ‘Music’ and ‘Sounds’. The exhibition provides unique opportunity for a sensual journey into the emotive values of the world of art and music. Paintings are uncomplicated, balanced and satisfying with a simple expression of colours and forms in harmonious compositions based on the theme. In her harmonious and melodious art works one can see the possibilities of future artist to work in expressionist strokes and colours. Prominent among others present on this occasion included Suman Gupta, KK Gandhi, Manoj Chopra, Richa Gupta and Harshwardhan.