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Programmes on Habba Khatoon, Zargar on May 30, 31

SRINAGAR: Under its much acknowledged initiative “Art in Public Places”, J&K Government’ Department of Culture is organizing special programmes on legendary Kashmiri poets, Habba Khatoon and Ahad Zargar at Iqbal Park and Badam Vaer on 30 and 31 May respectively.

Habba Khatoon is a 16th century Kashmiri mystic-poet and ascetic, who is also known as ‘Nightingale of Kashmir’. Ahad Zargar is a celebrated Kashmiri poet famous for his fiery verses.

Pioneered by the Minister for Finance & Culture, Dr Haseeb Drabu, the initiative is aimed at bringing local culture and art into the day to day lives of the people.

Drabu is known for his inspiring initiatives, during his stint as J&K Bank Chairman, to preserve and promote state’s cultural heritage.

It is being done in a different way to bring out the richness of the state’s culture through theme-based programmes by dedicating evenings to legendary poets, musical instruments and poetic genres, Dr Drabu said.

The programmes also provide a platform to the youth to showcase their talent through art and photography exhibitions, street plays and street art.

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