ICCR presents local flavored classical music concert “Swaragini” under “Kala Vishwa” – The Dispatch

Jammu: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Regional Office, Jammu & Kashmir organized unique local flavor classical music concert “Swaragini” by Dr Mukteshi Sharma as part of a special “Kala Vishwa” campaign under “Horizon Series” on February 21, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. at KL Sehgal Auditorium, Abhinav Theatre, Jammu for the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM).

A crowd of music lovers attended this spectacular show with great zeal and fervor. The cultural program began with a lamp lighting performed by the Chief Guest, Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice Chancellor of the University of Jammu and Special Guest of Honour, Dr. Arvind Singh Aman, Addl. Secy, JKAACL and other dignitaries present. Thereafter, the artists and the chief guest were cordially congratulated with the presentation of the bouquet by the Regional Manager, ICCR Jammu.

Welcoming the guests, Sh. NK Shil, Regional Director, ICCR and Regional Head of Passports, Jammu, said ICCR, a cultural wing of MEA, aims to enhance India’s soft diplomatic power in the world and to strengthen India’s skills in cultural diplomacy, as well as to bring the people of the country and the world closer together. through cultural and educational initiatives/exchanges.

While dwelling on the glorious past of progressive India, the supreme sacrifices made by the martyrs, etc. on the occasion of the MEA AKAM week initiative, he also urged the youth of the country to be inspired by the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the struggle for freedom and achieve, go forward and work together to be a part of India’s independence drive.

Guided by this objective, the ICCR strives to establish and strengthen cross-cultural ties, enhance mutual understanding and promote harmonious relations between various segments of society in India and abroad. At the same time, the ICCR wishes to promote local art and culture and give the opportunity to budding artists to show their talent in the field of art, music, dance and theater.

Today’s performance started with Raag Madhuvanti. It reached a crescendo when she sang Vilambhit Khaya beautifully. His powerful singing melody captivated everyone in the audience. Those who accompanied the artist were also geniuses in their respective instruments. They included Sh Ashutosh Mangotra (Harmonium) and Sh Neeraj Verma (Tabla). Another striking feature of the program was the versatile anchoring performed by presenter Ms. Rajni.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Chief Guest, commended ICCR’s efforts to promote community harmony and preserve J&K UT’s ethnically rich composite culture and harness local talent. Eminent personalities who attended the ceremony were Dr. Vijay Atreyo, Lawyer Sandeep Gupta and renowned artist Dharmesh Magotra etc. and ICCR Fellows. The program ended with a vote of thanks from Dr. Arvind Aman.

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