Jammu, February 17, (Scoop News)-The ongoing fifteen days long SaMaPa Aalap Festival (SAF) 2014 on Day 8 featured yet another mesmerizing recital. The concert at Government College for Women, Parade witnessed spellbinding Violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramnath from Mumbai, one of India’s finest Violinists. SAF 2014, the premier music festival of J&K and one of the biggest music festivals of the country, is being presented by SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Jammu & Kashmir Police and Department of Tourism, Jammu. Vidushi Kala Ramnath enthralled the music listeners presenting Raga Ahir Bhairav with Vilambit Jhaptaal, Madhyala Teentaal and Drutlaya Teentaal demonstrating various laykari patterns. The purity of the essence of the Raga was of high caliber in her recital. She was accompanied by Pt. Mithilesh Jhan on Tabla who provided excellent support. The Principal of GCW Parade Dr. Hemla Aggrawal welcomed the artists and guests and presented mementoes to them. Sh. Kuldeep Raina coordinated the proceedings of the function. The concert was attended by a large number of music connoisseurs and students.
In another session at the Jammu Sanskriti School, the concert featured Sarod recital by Pt. Joydeep Ghosh, a renowned musician of the country from Kolkata accompanied by Pt. Mithilesh Jha. Attended by a number of dignitaries like the Chief Guest Sri Sourabh Bhagat (IAS) Transport Commissioner and Guest of Honour Shri Uttam Chand (IPS) AIG CIV, Shri Randheer Singh (KPS) SP Police Head Quarters and Shri Ranjeet Kalra (Astt. Director Academics Staff Colleges University of Jammu). The programme started with the lighting of lamp followed by the welcome song. The programme was compered by Smt. Nidhi Kohli. The vote of thanks was presented by the school Principal Smt. Rohini Aima who expressed her gratitude to Music Legend Pt. Bhajan Sopori, maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori and SaMaPa for its efforts in bringing the internationally acclaimed musicians to the remote areas of Jammu & giving a golden chance to the students and public of these areas a chance to broaden their horizons and interact with them. Students and teachers from various reputed schools like Jodhamal Public School, Baniyan International School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and BSF attended the programme. The Chairman of the school Shri Harpreet Singh & the Principal presented mementos to the guests and artists. Earlier Abhay Sopori spoke to the audience and urged the young children to take the responsibility of the culture forward. He said the youth is the future torchbearer of the culture of the country. He said music leads to overall personality development of a person making him more sensitive and balanced human being. He said that each child needs to understand that music is far above mere entertainment and the art and culture as the growth of a civilization also depends upon its culture.
In another session at the Namdhari Dharamshal at Jammu the young Namdhari children who are learning music presented their recital in Raag Basant in Parhtaal, which was a combination of Rupaktaal, Ektaal and Teentaal featuring Hakam Singh, Harpreet Kaur, Raginni Jaswal and Rupam Jaswal on Dilruba, Chanchal Singh, Jagdev Singh, Sarang Singh, Ganga Singh and Karam Singh on Tabla, Harbans Kaur, Mohinder Kaur, Maan Kaur and Tejpal Kaur on Vocals. This was followed by a soulful Violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramnath. Suba Sukhdev Singh, Head of the Namdhari Sangat, Jammu and Sardar Karam Singh, President of the Sangat felicitated maestro Abhay Sopori and the performing musicians with bouquets and mementos. The President of the Sangat hailed the efforts of SaMaPa and Sopori family for reviving the cultural scenario in the State creating a new generation of music connoisseurs and performers. Abhay Sopori expressed his gratitude to all who have made the festival a success and also thanked the Sangat for being a part of the SaMaPa movement in preserving the cultural identity of the State and country. Dr. Taran Singh gave a description of the event and the Namdhari Sang. He thanked SaMaPa for its commendable work in the State.