Folk Festival enthralls visitors at Pahalgam

SRINAGAR:- As a part of the ongoing 2-month long Kashmir Folk Festival, a colourful cultural programme was held today at Pahalgam, the famous South Kashmir tourist resort, with prominent folk artists performing before an enthusiastic audience.

Based on the folk music and folk dance of Kashmir, the programme presented the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir before the domestic and local tourists visiting the area. The performance was thronged by a lot of audience who appreciated the cultural initiative.

J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and the Department of Culture, J&K Government have taken the maiden initiative to celebrate the folk culture of Kashmir through its artistic performance by the folk artists. Various cultural items like Bhand Peather, Dhambhali, Cchakri with a mix of ghazals and light music are being performed at various tourist resorts in Kashmir. The programme started on May 4 and will conclude on July 9, 2013.

Meanwhile, the cultural exhibition arranged by the Academy at the Kashmir Haat has become a favourite site with the visitors of the exhibition. The exhibition presents traditional costumes, calligraphy specimen, traditional jewelry, the photographs and blow ups, depicting the rich cultural heritage of the state. The exhibition has especially become popular with budding generation of the Kashmir who take it as an opportunity to get a peep into the rich folk traditions of Kashmir. Many visitors who were keenly observing the folk performances appreciated the Academy initiative and urged to continue holding such events in future too.

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