3 Day Sufi Festival Begins At SKICC

Sufism A Way Of Realising Inner Self: Advisor Bhatnagar

Srinagar- To highlight and propagate the teachings of Sufis and Rishis in Kashmir, a three day Sufi festival kick-started at SKICC on Thursday.

The festival is being organised by the Tourism Department in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Waqf Board, KVIB, Archives and Archaeology, J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Kashmir University and Higher Education Department.

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, R R Bhatnagar was the chief guest at the inaugural function.

During the 3-day festival, programmes will be organised at Chashma Shahi, Pahalgam and SKICC highlighting the teachings of Sufis and Rishis.

At the inaugural ceremony, speakers highlighted that J&K has been bestowed with rich cultural treasure and said that there is a need to understand the importance of valuing our heritage and make it part of day to day life. They also emphasised on the need for sharing the legacies of Saints with the rest of the world.

Speaking as Chief Guest, Advisor Bhatnagar said that Sufism is a way of realisation of inner self and our Sufis and Rishis have shown us the path towards that goal.

“Sufism propagates the doctrine of love, compassion, peace, development for mankind, irrespective of any biases and prejudices”, he said.

“We must understand the essentials of Sufism as this gives us an idea of what is beneficial for humankind” he added.

Dr Darakshan Andrabi also emphasised on the need for propagation of teachings of Sufis and Reshis and said that more such events will be organised in the coming times.

Secretary Tourism, Sarmad Hafeez, in his welcome address dwelled on the influence of saints and Rishis on the rich heritage of Kashmir. He said that it is the endeavour of the Tourism department to give the people an all-encompassing experience as tourism not only includes people and places but it also includes our culture, ethos, heritage, cuisine.

He further said that we need to reconnect with our past and the Tourism department has succeeded to a large extent in reintroducing ourselves and added that the department will be organising several events over the next three days in this direction.

Chairperson, J&K Wakf Board, Dr Darakshan Andrabi, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, P K Pole, Secretary Tourism Sarmad Hafeez, Vice Chairperson KVIC Dr Hina Bhat, Director Tourism Kashmir, Dr G N Itoo, Registrar, Kashmir University,  Dr. Mir Nisar, Secretary, J&KAACL, Bharat Singh Manhas, Prof G N Khaki from Sheikh ul Alam Chair of Kashmir University, Prof Hameed Nasim Rafiabadi from IUST, noted broadcaster, Dr Satish Vimal, Dr Babar Afzal, scholars and students from various universities and colleges from all across were also present on the occasion.

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