Music Returns To Valley

 Choona Hai Aasman- III Concludes

SRINAGAR - “Choona Hai Aasman-III” a musical Talent Hunt Programme organised by Jammu and Kashmir Police concluded with a grand finale at SKICC, here. 

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and top civil and police officers were present at the function.

Bollywood personalities Annu Malik, Sadhna Sargam and Ashok Thakeraia were special invitees in the programme. Annu Malik, Sadhna Sargam acted as judges and noted Kashmiri singer Wahid Jeelani was also among the panelists with the Bollywood bigwigs.

Legislators, Officers, Civil, Police and Paramilitary Forces including Nasir Aslam Wani MLA, Director General of Police Ashok Prasad, Chief Vigilance commissioner Kuldeep Khuda, DGP Prisons Shri K. Rajendra Kumar, all ADGP’s of J&K Police, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shri Shailender Kumar participated in the programme.    

Annu Malik and Sadhna Sargam also sang their famous Bollywood songs, which were highly liked by the audience. There were nine finalists, who performed in the programme.

Pertinently months after the Valley’s only all-girl band ‘Pragash’ was silenced by threats, the banks of the Dal Lake here were again abuzz with the musical performances of young Kashmiris. 

Six young girls with an equal number of boys performed at the grand finale of ‘Choona Hai Aasman’, a music talent show, organised by the police at Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) on the banks of the lake.

Two young girls from Srinagar city, Masrat Aziz and Urooj Javaid, were especially appreciated for their performances.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and top civil and police officers were present at the function.

Apart from top politicians and officers, musical bigwigs from Bollywood Annu Malik, Sadhna Sargam and Ashok Thakeria, producer of movies Dil, Mohabbatein and Mann, were present on the occasion.

Nearly one lakh children, around 50 per cent of whom were girls, took part in the event which was held at various levels in the state. Twelve participants had made it to the finals.

The talent show was first organised in 2010-11 with the aim to provide a platform and direction to the untapped talent of youth in the state. The event gained immense success and popularity among the budding singers. 

The previous grand finales of the show were held in Jammu. Last year, three class X Kashmiri students — vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid — had formed a band, 'Pragash', and performed in December at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition in Srinagar. They won the award for the best performance in their first public appearance.

However, Facebook threats and abuses followed by the controversial decree issued by Kashmir’s chief priest Mufti Bashiruddin in January caused the band to split.

In his welcome address Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone, Shri Abdul Ghani Mir threw light on the aim of organizing the Talent Hunt.

IGP said that the programme has an attempt to provide platform to the youth of the state to show case their talent. Director and Chief Coordinator of the Programme was Shri Asrar Khan, SSP Samba. The programme was anchored by Dy. SP (Prob.) Sugandha. The winners of the finals were given trophies and Rs, 10,000/= each while runners up were given trophies and Rs, 5,000/= each.



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