Nauroz: Spring is back, so is a sense of loss

There is a telling symbolism wrought in the sectarian identification of Navroz, an otherwise inclusive cultural event and its consequent exclusion from the Valley’s mainstream cultural life.

Nowroz- e- Por-rang

Nowroz or Nowrooz, contrary to the popular perception, is not merely a community – centric tradition. It is a philosophy, a concept, and tradition, which will always have the contemporary significance. Even after hundreds of years on, these annual celebrations have not lost their significance, but on the contrary have become even more lively or […]

NAUROZ: A Festival Of Life

Kashmir belongs more to Central Asia than to South Asia, owing to its glorious ties with the region in terms of geography, culture, traditions, religion and much more. However the bitter fact is that the rich Central Asian or to be precise Persian influence in Kashmir is on decline. It is where the significance of […]

Deptt Of Culture Launches Initiative To Showcase JK’s Treasure Trove

Srinagar:  As a part of the novel initiative to showcase to the public the State’s treasure-trove of heritage and history, the Minister for Culture and Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Saturday launched a pioneering project named “Object of the Month”. Under the initiative, the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums, has started putting for public […]

To Revive Ethnic Food Culture, Kargil Hosts Mamani Festival

Srinagar: Mamani Festival (a traditional celebration of community and ethnic foods) was celebrated in Kargil on Monday by Global Institute of Information Technology (GIIT) Kargil. The aim of the food festival is to revive these foods in the cold desert. The evnt was supported by LAHDC Kargil and was held at Language Center, Lal Chowk Kargil. Traditionally […]

Kashmir Fort Festival Evokes Overwhelming Public Response

SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Fort Festival saw an overwhelming response today as the participants wearing traditional turbans walked through the interiors of the old city in Srinagar as part of its heritage walk program. The 3-day festival began yesterday with Sufiyana Musial Performance at Hari Parbat Fort in downtown. Today, scores of youth from downtown including […]

Almond Blooms- The Crowning Glory Of Spring in Kashmir

Srinagar:Ever wondered why spring is known as the ‘season of rejuvenation’? In spring especially in the month of March, the moist earth gives birth to new life. Flowers, grassand trees, everything is in full bloom. Everywhere one looks, signs of new life are clearly visible. The most pleasing of all are probably the pink and […]

Ladakh Celebrates Winter Hemis Festival

Ladakh: Ladakh is now gearing up for spring-summer with the celebration of the third Winter Hemis Festival. The Summer Hemis Festival is one of the most popular Buddhist festivals worldwide and the Winter Hemis Festival in its third edition is a new addition that is held in the winter month of January or February each […]

Hijab Campaign Reaches Kashmir University

SRINAGAR: Continuing its drive to promote modes dress named Hijab Awareness Campaign ‘International Muslim Unity Council’ Wednesday held spot sessions with Muslim students in the Kashmir University urging them to adopt Hijab.  In a unique style female members distributed flowers to those who had already donned Hijab. Others were given cards and pamphlets. The awareness […]

Pampore Hosts Saffron Festival-2015

SRINAGAR:- Minister for Horticulture, Haj and Auqaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri today described Kashmir saffron as the International brand for which he said state government is making concerted efforts to enhance the yield for the benefit of growers. Speaking at the Saffron Festival  Kong Vear at Lethpora here, Mr. Veeri  said Kashmiri saffron is popular […]