|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Sept 27: To mark World Tourism Day 2023 and promote the traditional Duggar culture of Jammu and Kashmir, Bhartiya Lok Sangeet Kala Sansthan (BLSKS) presented its 381st Dogri Musical Play titled "SADI VIRASAT." The event was held in collaboration with Sangam Tru Art Production at Col. Mohar Singh Memorial Public High School in Miran Sahib, Rs Pura, Jammu, under the theme for 2023, "Tourism and Green Investments." The performance aimed to draw attention to environmental protection, nature, and the planet Earth.
The program was inaugurated by Leela Devi, Principal of Col. Mohar Singh Memorial Public High School, Miran Sahib. Pooja Rani and Monika Jamwal, Senior Teachers of the host school, were the Guests of Honor for the event. Additionally, the day was observed as "World Environmental Health Day," with a focus on reviving the traditional and primitive folk art and culture of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as creating general awareness.
The musical play and cultural performances were prepared on themes like "Sadi Virasat - Sadi Virasat," "Meri Matti Mera Desh," "Laga Ghran Sada Setu Da Mela," "Chann Oh Jija Kiya Jana," and "Lok Megi Tangg Sajne Di." The program also included skits, nukkad natak (street plays), and dances designed to raise awareness on relevant topics of the day.
The chief guest praised the organizers for conducting impactful awareness programs through the involvement of children from music, theatre, and computer institutions. The celebration of World Tourism Day 2023, with the theme "Tourism and green investment," emphasized the need for targeted investments that promote sustainable development in line with the UN's sustainable development goals. The event highlighted the significance of tourism in fostering cultural exchange, economic growth, and sustainable development. It encouraged people worldwide to explore the beauty and diversity of the planet while recognizing their responsibilities in preserving it.
The songs related to the theme were also shared on social media platforms for the benefit of the public. Additionally, a skit on drug abuse was presented, and a pledge was administered to raise awareness among school children and teachers.
The cultural program, including songs and dances, was written, directed, and produced by Dr. M.L. Dogra, Chairman of BLSKS. Dr. Dogra emphasized the organization's mission to promote tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development, and environmental sustainability. BLSKS provides leadership and support to the tourism sector in advancing global knowledge and tourism policies.
K.K. Joshi, Vice Chairman of BLSKS, highlighted the multifaceted role of tourism in contributing to the economy, generating revenue, creating jobs, and facilitating cultural exchange. He also acknowledged the importance of sustainable tourism practices in preserving natural resources and historical landmarks while balancing economic benefits with environmental and social responsibility.
The musical concert featured performances by singers, musicians, actors, and students from music and computer institutes, including K.K. Joshi, Raju Bajgal, Vandana Gupta, Rahul Kumar, Sant Dass, Bindia Okheda, Chahat Chadha, Sanjeev Kumar Sodhi, and many others. Master Deepak Kumar delivered the vote of thanks, acknowledging the successful execution of the program.