Jammu, September 24. The Socio Welfare International Society in Collaboration with the North Zone Cultural Centre Patiala, Ministry of Culture (GOI) organized two cultural programmes in Kashmiri Pandit Colonies in Jagti Township and Muthi TRT On September 22 and September 23, 2022, respectively. Both programmes began with a live Ganesh Astuti, which featured a mesmerizing performance by the performers. Beautiful singing and songs for ceremonies penned by Kashmir’s greatest poet, Late. Pt. P.N. Koul described the heyday of Kashmiri pandits’ as the celebration of their customary rituals.
The main aim of the event was to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of Kashmiri pandits have been living in exile from the last 32 years and which is almost on the verge of extinction.
The main event featured live singing and dancing. The show’s drama segment impressed the audience since it highlighted the programme in a sardonic and humorous way. The occasional change of costumes and props by the artists gives the programme warmth. Around Thirty artists were involved in the programme.
Kumar Ji Raina, zonal officer Muthi, attended as the chief guest. Speaking on occasion, he stated that, ” the rites, rituals, and customs that permeate every aspect of Kashmiri pandit’s social and cultural life continue to serve as important markers of their identity. It’s interesting to note that most Kashmiri pandits have made an effort to maintain these markers of identity and heritage despite the speed and suspense of modern life, and today’s programme is an example of that” He added.
Dr. Kuldeep Swadeshi, renowned music director and actor, attended the event as the guest of honor. He was impressed by the audience’s participation and the quality of the programme. Considering the rich culture of Kashmiri Pandits, he expressed Strong enthusiasm for the artists’ performances. According to him, such programmes ought to be held everywhere since they will enable people to learn about the rich
cultural history of Kashmiri pandits. He was grateful for the NZCC’s efforts to promote and preserve art and culture. He further added that people must stay connected with the ministry of culture to promote and revive the culture, tradition, and rituals of the country.
The Socio-Welfare International Society is doing a fantastic job of educating the younger generations about the culture and tradition, which is on the verge of extinction, according to JK Koul Bezaan, a renowned persona in the field of art, which said in a speech intended to encourage the younger generations. ” I’m not telling our younger generations to stop learning the new, but I’m telling them not to forget their roots” He continued, the songs, Henzay, Wanwun sung by the Kashmiri Pandits are
blessings and every verse of the Henzay, Wanun, and Song is prayer.
While speaking at the event, the well-known social activist and poet P.K. Raj expressed his gratitude to the organization for hosting the fantastic programme. He emphasized the importance of teamwork and expressed appreciation for the management’s role. Pradeep Pandita, Chairman of Socio-Welfare International Society, in the vote of thanks, said, ” Culture is the foundation of communities and understanding of culture and tradition aids the next generation’s integration and association with the country as well as its sense of pride and solidarity” He expressed his gratitude to the North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, Ministry of Culture for supporting the organization to host cultural events.
He paid thanks to all of the attendees, including prominent figures in the field of art, like Gopi Krishan Bahar, Jatinder Jotshi, social activist Pintoo Ji, Sunil Pandita, Priya Bhat, and Naveen Goswami. Renowned artists Daizy Bazaz, Rajni Bahar, Vinay Pandita, Anmol Raj, Chandra Dhar, Rahul Pandita, Ravi Dhar, Neetu Dhar, Pooja Bhat, and other well-known artists were among those who took part in the programme.