March 12: The folk artists of Jammu and Kashmir left the audience spell bound on the inaugural day of the Jash-e-Kashmir Festival at Ooty “ Queen of Hill Station” being organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with the South Zone Cultural Centre (SZCC), Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and the All India Radio Ooty in district Nilgris Ooty, Tamil Nadu.
Dr EN Sajith, Director SZCC, Tanjavur, presided over the festival, which was inaugurated by R. Venkateswarlu, Advisor All India Radio (Southern Region), P. Shankar (IAS) District Collector, Ms. Madhavi, Director All India Radio Ooty, Nazir Hussain, Deputy Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. Dr.Jaya PrakashUpadhya, Governer Rotary International Dist.3202, Mrs Murali, President Rotary Club of Ootacamund(Ooty), and coordinator of the festival Sh.Ravinder Kumar, MS Programme Executives AIR Ooty were also present on the presidium. While giving his presidential speech, Dr EN Sajith said that SZCC organizing Folk Festival since 29 years and now they got opportunity to organize again Jash-e-Kashmir Festival 2017 here at Ooty and other part of Tamil Nadu State, in which more than 115 artists from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh were invited to perform with the folk and tribal artists of Nilgiri region covering Ooty, Trichi and Tanjavur Districts. . He said that such interactive festivals help in strengthening National Integration through cultural exchange between different States. Sh. Nazir Hussain Deputy Secretary, JKAACL, in his speech expressed gratitude to Director SZCC and Station Director, Director Ooty for providing an opportunity to the artists of J&K not only to perform at Ooty, Tamil Nadu but also witnessing the folk and tribal dances of Nilgiri and other region of Tamil Nadu State. R. Venkateswarlu, Advisor All India Radio (Southern Region), P. Shankar (IAS) District Collector, Ms. Madhavi, Director All India Radio Ooty, also spoke on the occasion. The artists of J&K and Tamil Nadu performed various items including Musical Fusion by Saazina, Aryan (Dard) Traditional Folk & Dance presented Dardi Troupes of Ladakh, Jagarna by the Performer, Ashima & group from Jammu, Sultan Bhagat Theatre by Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Master Kartar Chand & Party, Bachnagma by Abdul Ahad Dar & Party, Kud Dance by Kishore Kumar & Party, Chakari Dance by Shilvati & Party. Other Cultural Programmes which showcased by Tamil Nilgiris Local Artists are Tibetan Women Dance by Tibetan Settled in Ooty, Govterment Art, College Ooty, Betta Kurumba, Kattu Nayaka, G.R.G School, Kodamppamu School, Irula, Baduga, presented Local Traditional Dance and the last presented Alukurumbas. The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Ooty AIR FM 101.8 Radio Jockey/ Announcers Vidhya Manohar & Abdul Qadir.
In the end, vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Alamdar Hussain Shah, Cultural Officer/SOCA- JKAACL.