|Early Times Report
BANI, Sept 24: In an unprecedented event that marked a milestone in the history of the remote village of Duggan in Bani, the first-ever day-long cultural extravaganza unfolded at Vasuki Nag Mela. This remarkable occasion was orchestrated by the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (JKAACL), leaving an indelible imprint on the picturesque Kathua district. Eminent Producer/Director & Filmmaker Kulwant Singh Manhas graced the event as the Chief Guest, while Sub Divisional Magistrate Satish Sharma honored the event as the guest of honor. They were joined by Reeta Thakur, DDC member of Bani, who was present as a special guest.
At the outset of the event, Sanjeev Gupta, SOCA Kathua, highlighted the dedication of Bharat Singh, JKAS Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, to the promotion of art and culture throughout the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. He noted that the representation of JKAACL could be seen in nearly every cultural event taking place in J&K.
Addressing the gathering, Kulwant Singh Manhas lauded the efforts of JKAACL and the artists for their tireless commitment to promoting local folk art and culture in the enchanting Duggan of Bani Valley. He emphasized that such initiatives propel culture to new heights and help in preserving age-old traditions, which are the very essence of our culture. Festivals like these play a pivotal role in fostering communal harmony, brotherhood, and community participation. Manhas expressed his hope that JKAACL would continue to embark on such endeavors in Bani.
The cultural extravaganza began with vibrant folk singing by seven different folk groups, including Varinder Jotyan & Party, Darmaz Sandu & Party, Simu Thakur & Party, Ravi Kumar & Party, Madan Lal & Party, Ajeet Singh & Party, and Bandhana Devi & Party. Their mesmerizing performances captivated the audience and set the tone for an unforgettable day.
The event continued with the mesmerizing Kud dance, one of Jammu and Kashmir's most renowned folk dances. This dance pays homage to the Lok Devtas and was performed by three Kud Parties: Kuldeep Singh & Party, Pankesh Kumar & Party, and Bushan Singh & Party, leaving everyone in awe of their powerful presentations.
The day-long cultural fiesta culminated with captivating performances, including Goorain & Suhaag by Tripta Devi & Party, Dogri Folk Singing by Mela Ram & Party, Dogri Dance by M.R Chauhan & Party, Dogri Singing by Lekh Raj & Party, Folk Dance by Madan Mantoo, Folk Singing by Rajesh Parihar & Party, and Dogri Singing by Paramjeet, Monika Devi, and Party.
In his remarks, Additional Secretary (C), Sanjeev Rana JKAS, underscored the academy's unwavering efforts to promote and preserve local art, culture, and languages. He emphasized that this one-day cultural program is part of a series of events designed to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly within the Samba & Kathua districts. The festival serves as a testament to the Academy's commitment to preserving and promoting the cultural diversity of the region.
SOCA Kathua, Sanjeev Gupta, extended a heartfelt vote of thanks, acknowledging the collective efforts that made this historic cultural event a resounding success.