‘Valley of Words’ Released

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Gov Calls for Preserving JK’s Rich Cultural Heritage 

Srinagar – Jammu and Kashmir governor N. N. Vohra, today emphasized the need for documenting, preserving and effectively showcasing the rich composite cultural heritage and the varied traditional art forms of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The governor said this while releasing a book titled “Valley of Words”, authored by Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Public Relations Officer, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, at a function held at Raj Bhavan here today. 

The Governor, who is Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, observed that the Board could consider providing scholarships for undertaking research projects on important aspects of the State’s traditional performing art forms and other arenas of cultural heritage to preserve them for the coming generations. He said that a committee of experts could be set up to decide the nature and field of study for which a scholarship may be provided. He also highlighted the important role which media, particularly the print media, can play in effectively showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions through publication of well researched articles for enlarging awareness of the people at large. 

The Governor congratulated . Shakeel-ur-Rehman for authoring “Valley of Words” and wished him a bright future ahead. 

Among those present at the book release function were . G. R. Sufi, State Chief Information Commissioner; Prof. Rehman Rahi, Jnanpith Awardee; Zafar Iqbal Manhas, former Secretary, Cultural Academy; . M. J. Najar, former Director Codes, Finance Department, social activists, prominent citizens and media persons. 

Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, was present on the occasion.

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