The Dances of Jammu and Kashmir woven and choreographed in a bouquet presentation ‘Celebrating Diversity’ showcased here today at the Auditorium of IIIM, Jammu by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India under its fortnightly programme ‘Horizon Series’. Thirty young dancers representing all major dance forms of Jammu & Kashmir mesmerized the captive audience through their spellbound performances. Mr. Vipul Pathak IAS, Commissioner/Secretary to Government Science and Technology was the Chief Guest on the function and it was presided over by Dr. Ram Vishwakarma Director IIIM, Jammu.
Earlier welcoming the guests, the Regional Director of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Balwant Thakur said that under its Horizon Series, this has been the endeavour of ICCR to give platform to the best of the local talents and it past few months the organisation has successfully organised over fifteen programmes covering diverse variety of the performing traditions of the region. Each of India’s myriad form was born and nurtured in its local context. Each however has its own story to tell of how it travelled down the ages, always seeking a dialogue with cultures beyond its own.
Here ICCR plays a vital role in bridging cultural relations with other nations of the world. Is short we take India to the world and bring world to India. He thanked IIIM, Jammu for providing ICCR an opportunity to reach to a larger network of audiences coming from different parts of the country including abroad. Before the beginning of the programme, a short film on ICCR’s concept and programmes was also featured on the occasion which included a detailed description about ICCR by its President Dr. Karan Singh.
The programme ‘Celebrating Diversity’ was be a unique cultural album of Jammu and Kashmir showcasing the variegated variety of different colors, rhythms, costumes, design patterns and artistic expressions through the dances of J&K. This amazing bouquet of rarest dance traditions beautifully unfolded the mesmerizing artistic traditions of this part of the world. Each dance presentation despite being different from the other in rhythm and pace was highly artistically blended with each other so as to present their harmony co-relation. Starting with vibrant Dogri Dances, the programme took along the audiences to a most rejoicing journey of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, unfolding spectacular dance traditions of Kashmiri, Gojari, Pahari and Ladakhi cultures.
The programme culminated through the presentation of a mega performance ‘Unity in diversity of J&K’, exclusively designed and composed to portray the harmony and the cultural co-existence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This presentation gave a larger message that it not only aimed at reviving the wonderful dance traditions of the state but also believes in integration of the state through cultural and artistic initiatives.
The programme was professionally conducted by Sanjeev Gupta. Among the prominent personalities who graced this wonderful cultural evening included Maj. Gen (Retd.) Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, Lalit Gupta, Savita Bakshi, Khalid Hussain, Dr. RK Raina (Senior Scientist) and Dr. Surjeet Singh.