SRINAGAR- Continuing Iconic Week celebration, Chief Secretary, Arun Kumar Mehta, Friday inaugurated first of its kind an open air theatre and laser show in middle of the Dal Lake in Srinagar.
Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, Nitishwar Kumar; Principal Secretary, H&UDD, Dheeraj Gupta; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole; Secretary Tourism and Culture, Sarmad Hafeez and Director Tourism, G N Itoo were also present on the occasion.
The dignitaries along with other guests watched “Kashmir ki Kali" movie telecast on open air theatre.
The show was organised by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department in collaboration with Smart City Srinagar and Mission Youth J&K.
Earlier, Chief Secretary inaugurated laser show at Ghat Number- 7, where a short film on history of houseboats in Kashmir was also telecasted on an open houseboat.
The dignitaries also inspected the gallery displaying old testimonials, periodicals and photographs depicting old pictures houseboats in river Jhelum and Dal Lake, Kashmiri Culture and traditional cuisine.
On the occasion, a shikara rally adorned and shining with lights passed through Nehru Park to Kabootar Khana with local artists singing and dancing Kashmiri songs which enthralled guests and all passersby through the Boulevard road.
A fleet of shikaras and houseboats were kept available for tourists to join the celebrations and witness laser show and film.
The tourists were upbeat who appreciated the tourism department for organizing such programmes and facilitating them to witness it.
Bollywood Singer, Noted Musicians Join Iconic Week Celebrations At Cheshmashahi
Adnan Sami, Abhay Sopori & Chaurasia's melancholic performances enthrall audience at musical evening show
The star and renowned Bollywood singer Adnan Sami, national level musician and santoor player, Abhay Rustum Sopori and noted flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia Friday joined the Iconic Week celebrations and enthralled audience with their magical performances at musical evening show held at Cheshmashahi garden in Srinagar.
The musical evening show was organized by Mission Youth J&K in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and J&K Tourism department, where noted singers, musicians, instrumentalists both local as well as National level performed.
The show was inaugurated by Chief Justice of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir & Ladakh, Pankaj Mithal after holding Yizband khawni.
Mayor Srinagar, Junaid Azim Mattu, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor, Niteshwar Kumar, Secretary Tourism and Culture, Sarmad Hafeez and Chief Executive Officer, Mission Youth J&K, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary, Director Tourism Kashmir, G N Itoo and other officers were also present on occasion.
Speaking at the talk show, noted singer and music composer, Adnan Sami who sung various qawalis was all praise for Kashmir for its incredible beauty and hospitality from the people.
He said that he is emotionally connected with Kashmir and his love for the place is unflinching.
Adding, he said that the beauty of Kashmir has no comparison in the entire world and he loves to perform here.
Kashmiri born Santoor Player and music composer, Abhay Rustum Sopori presented the Santoor Vadan on the occasion followed by soulful performance by classical flutist and music director, Hariprasad Chaurasia along with the team.
On the occasion, various stalls displaying and selling Kashmir’s ethnic and street food including munjgool, nader-munj, tilkarr (fries), hazel nuts, famous Kashmiri barbeque and other traditional food varieties witnessed huge rush.
The soothing voice and melancholic musical streams by the performers reverberating through the cold breezes turned the show energetic and lively with the audience cheering for both local as well as National level artists.
A large gathering of both male and female who participated were upbeat and enjoyed the show.
Later, performers and guests were felicitated and presented with mementos.
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