SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2013 Concludes

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JAMMU:  Governor N. N. Vohra Friday lauded the contribution which the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts has made in bringing music to the masses and showcasing J&K’s rich cultural heritage across the country and abroad.

The Governor, as Chief Guest, was speaking at the valedictory function of the SaMaPa Aalap Festivel 2013, organized by the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts, at the Jodhamal Public School, here today.

The Governor observed that he has witnessed the performances of both Pandit Bhajan Sopori and Abhay Rustum Sopori in the past but today’s participative musical performance by Pandit Bhajan Sopori was altogether outstanding and enchanting as a large number of young school children sang with him. Referring to today’s concert, he added that the school children got the opportunity of listening to the performance of the renowned Santoor player.

The Governor, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, said that he has known Pandit Bhajan Sopori ever since he was inducted as a Member of the Shrine Board, adding that the Board has benefited immensely from his views.

The Governor said that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has been supporting the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts in its initiatives of taking music to the masses by organizing various music festivals. He said that the Shrine Board has decided that whenever SaMaPa Aalap Festival is to held in Jammu, the Board will organize one musical concert at its Spiritual Growth Centre at Katra for the benefit of the pilgrims and people of Katra and its surrounding areas.

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