Jammu, February 21, (Scoop News)-The ongoing fifteen days long premier music festival of J&K, the SaMaPa Aalap Festival (SAF) 2014 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, witnessed the first ever concert by SaMaPa in Udampur on Day 12 of the festival at K.C. Gurukul Public School. The concert featured divine music of the great music legend and the jewel of Jammu and Kashmir culture, the King of Strings and Saint of Santoor, Pandit Bhajan Sopori. He was accompanied on Tabla by Ustad Akram Khan, one of the finest Tabla exponents of India.
In another concert in Jammu at the Central University Jammu, the SAF featured Salil Bhatt’s enthralling Satvik Veena recital accompanied by Shri Kaushik Konwar on Tabla from Assam. Sh. Bhatt, son of eminent musician Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, hails from Jaipur representing the famous Bhatt lineage. The concert was witnessed by a number of students and staff of the University including Dr. P.S. Pathania, Senior Consultant, Sh. Jit Singh, Registrar, Prof. Shyam Singh, Academic Coordinator, Prof. S.D. Sharma, Sh. V.K. Gupta and Prof. N.R. Sharma, who also coordinated the proceedings of the function. Dr. Pathania thanked SaMaPa and maestro Sopori for the great efforts in taking the music to the masses especially the students. He said the State has a huge talent and needs the right patronage and SaMaPa is contributing a lot in this direction. Music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori also spoke on the occasion. In a very motivational speech, he shared the importance of art and culture for the coming generation. He asked the students to take the mission forward and contribute to the rich heritage of the Stat
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