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BLSKS Hosts Vibrant Holi Mahostav 2024 Celebrations
3/24/2024 11:59:21 PM

Early Times Report

Jammu, Mar 24: In a three-day extravaganza commemorating the traditional Holi Mahostav 2024 of Duggar Pardesh, the Bhartiya Lok Sangeet Kala Sansthan (BLSKS), under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, in collaboration with Sangam Tru Art Production and the National College of Computer Education, organized a grand Holi Milan event at the open-air theatre, Durga Bhawan, Janipur, Jammu.
The event, which was part of the ongoing 410th Regular Series Musical Play “Rang Dari Deo,” was inaugurated by esteemed dignitaries including Padma Shri S.P. Varma, Vice President of Gandhi Global Family, Jammu and Kashmir, and social activist Farooq Choudhary from the Gurjer Charitable Trust, Jammu. The lighting of the Traditional Lamp and the ceremonial knotting of the ribbon to the “Holi Nishan Flag” marked the commencement of the festivities, with notable personalities such as Sh. V.K. Magotra, Former Regional Director of Directorate Field Publicity, Government of India, gracing the occasion.
The program commenced with melodious renditions of traditional Holi songs such as “Ho Mubarik Manjri Phoolaon Bhari,” “Chali Barsane Khellen Ge Holi,” and “Rang Dari Deo o albelan Main” performed by renowned artists associated with the institute. The festivities also included lively Holi dances such as “Khari Holi” and “Ras-Rasia,” along with performances depicting the playful interactions of Radha and Krishna.
Addressing the audience, the Chief Guest highlighted the historical significance of the Holi festival, symbolizing the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. He commended the efforts of BLSKS in using musical plays and theatres as powerful mediums to raise awareness about social issues among the masses. The event also paid homage to the sacrifices of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru, commemorating their martyrdom on 23rd March 1931 at Lahore Jail. K.K. Joshi, Vice Chairman of BLSKS, presided over the proceedings, emphasizing the importance of promoting sports and cultural activities for preserving India’s rich cultural heritage.
Furthermore, Mrs. Karuna Bajaj, a member of BLSKS associated with Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, underscored the significance of the occasion and its relevance in today’s society.
In his welcome address, V.K. Magotra, Managing Director of BLSKS, elaborated on the customs and traditions associated with Holi, emphasizing its role as a festival of colours and love. He highlighted the community-centric celebrations, including bonfires, colourful water fights, and musical performances, that characterize the festival.
The event witnessed enthusiastic participation from artists and spectators alike, fostering a sense of national unity and cultural pride. Deepak Kumar Dogra, the program coordinator, expressed gratitude to all participants and urged the community to join hands in promoting cultural awareness and social harmony.
The Holi Mahostav celebrations concluded on a high note, leaving a lasting impression on attendees and reaffirming the importance of preserving India’s rich cultural heritage.
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