First ever cultural extravaganza at Leh

18 October 2008
The Daily Excelsior

Leh: First ever high profile cultural extravaganza held at Leh Auditorium in which more than 250 artists of seven regional languages of the State participated. The programme under the title 'Dhanak' was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. The main attraction of the musical bonanza was the participation of eminent artists from the three regions of the State. The Governor N N Vohra who was Chief guest on the occasion described artists as ambassadors of peace and urged them to disseminate the message of harmony and love through various forms of art - music being the paramount of them. He had a word of praise for the local artists, singers, dancers, sculptors, painters etc, and observed that the traditional folk -heritage have caught the imagination of the art lovers across the country. He said that music transcends all boundaries and barriers and touches directly hearts irrespective of linguistic or ethnic considerations. The Kashmiri Rouf, Hafiz Nagma, Dhamali Dance, Dogri Jagarna and Kudd were highly appreciated by the audience. The main attraction of the programme was the Ladakhi marriage dance, in which 25 local Ladakhi artists participated. This was for the first time that a team of tribal nomad Gujjars performed the much popular Gujjar dance on the occasion. In Pahari, the dancers from Karnah spell bound the audience during 2-day long festival at Leh. Earlier, Secretary Academy, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas stated that the second and third phase of this Cultural Extravaganza would be held at Jammu and Srinagar in November and December. He said that Academy was planning to invite the State artists who are presently settled in different parts of the country to take part in these festivals to be organized for unity and integrity of the State. Those present on the occasion were Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Deputy Commissioner, Leh, P Namgyal, Councilors of LAHDC, Shamima Janbaz Additional Secretary,Dr.A.S Amn Deputy Secretary , Frahat Lone and Nawang Tsering Cultural Officer intellectual, artists and prominent citizens of the area.