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IIT Jammu hosts vibrant folk festival organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture, Languages
9/20/2023 10:12:06 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sept 20: The Indian Institute of Technology Jammu (IIT Jammu) was alive with the vibrant rhythms and melodies of Jammu and Kashmir's rich folk traditions as it played host to a remarkable Folk Festival organized by the J&K Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages (JKAACL). The event aimed to preserve and showcase the vanishing vernacular culture of the Jammu region and saw enthusiastic participation from students and staff members.
The distinguished Chief Guest for the evening was Prof. Ashoke Sarkar, Former Director of BITS Pilani, who graced the occasion with his presence. Dr. Shahnawaz, Editor cum Cultural Officer, extended a warm welcome to the students and staff on behalf of Mr. Bharat Singh, JKAS, Secretary of JKAACL, the visionary behind these cultural initiatives. Dr. Shahnawaz emphasized that such events aim to introduce youth to the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Folk Festival featured various folk forms, including Geetru, Karkaan, and Dogri Folk songs, each shedding light on the unique traditions of the region. Geetru, presented by Om Prakash & Group, is a captivating dance-song originating from the Dogra-Pahari region of Jammu, traditionally performed during festivals, feasts, and weddings by rural folk parties. The performance featured both boys and girls in traditional costumes, adding authenticity to the presentation.
Following this, the audience was enthralled by "Haran" performed by Rajkumar & Party, a folk opera that masterfully combines dance and drama in an integrated musical form. This art form is prevalent in the hilly areas of Duggar, especially during the days leading up to Lohri. The term "Haran" draws inspiration from the legendary animal "Deer," a prominent figure in various folk songs, including the famous "Heea Haran."
The mesmerizing Dogri Folk dances, such as "Jagarna" performed by the Natya Roots dance group and choreographed by Akash Dogra, captivated the audience with their ritualistic and rhythmic steps.
Renowned singers Sonali Dogra and Rakesh Malhotra graced the stage with their melodious voices, presenting enchanting Dogri Folk songs. The event was impeccably conducted by Kusum Tickoo, receiving accolades from art and culture connoisseurs across the region. Anil Tickoo, Assistant Cultural Officer at JKAACL, efficiently managed the program.
IIT Jammu continues to sensitize students to appreciate cultural sensitivities and motivates them to preserve the rich cultural tapestry of the region. The Folk Festival at IIT Jammu was yet another testament to their commitment to this noble cause.
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