New Delhi/Jammu, December 02 (Scoop News) –The Governor of
With a view to showcasing rich cultural diversity and to inculcate State’s art consciousness amongst the people of the state and the country, the festival is being organized by the
Speaking on the occasion the Governor emphasized the need for preservation and effective showcasing of the rich cultural heritage of the
Vohra said “our’s is a multi-religious, multi-lingual and multi-cultural country and this unique aspect has been the greatest strength of our country” and are a treasure house of art, culture and heritage which needs to be optimally preserved and promoted. He stressed on optimally preserving and promoting this great asset of the country.
Addressing the jam packed audience at IIC the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said that this event had provided a very useful opportunity to the artists from various parts of the state for coming together and showcasing cultural heritage of various areas adding that it would go a long way in further strengthening our cultural unity.
Omar Abdullah said that the showcasing of this festival would at one hand showcase the state’s rich cultural diversity and on the other promote tourism in the state. “Unfortunately the State is being viewed through the prism of security environment and its positivity in many form including culture, heritage, amity and secular fabric are not receiving the mush sought focus”, he said adding that the need of our is to view the state from positive angles.
Omar said that violence in the state has reduced to a greater degree at present as compared to the last two decades. He said successful conduct of panchayati elections and in-flow of a record number of tourist in the state shows that peace is rooting fast and the state is emerging on the tourism map once again.
The Chief Minister said that
“The state has rich cultural heritage cherished by age old traditions of peaceful co-existence and communal harmony with world famous handicrafts, environment, wild life and tourist destinations”, he said emphasizing the needs for showcasing this aspect of the state during the festival days.
Union Minster for New and Renewable Energy also addressed the audience and invited the people from other parts of the state to visit
The festival is marked with the art and photo exhibition, screening of films by Information Department, seminars on cultural heritage and environment of the state, mushaira, folk dances, theatre performances traditional songs and dances, demonstration by artisans, Sufiana Kalams and Ladakhi mask dances.
As part of the festival, the Governor and the Chief Minister also inaugurated the Art Exhibition at the
President IIC, M.G.K. Menon presented welcome address on the occasion.
Among others First Lady s. Usha Vohra, Chairman, Legislative Council Ait Malhotra, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora Minister of State of Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, Member Parliament Dr. Mehboob Beig Commissioner/Secretary, Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner/Secretary, Tourism, Atal Dulloo, and other senior officers of the State were present on the occasion.