Jammu 8th March: Indian Council for Cultural Relations, (ICCR) Ministry of External Affairs Government of India in association with IIIM Jammu presented a mega cultural event ‘Dance Diversity of Jammu & Kashmir’ here this evening at IIIM Auditorium, Jammu. Showcasing a unique bouquet of the varied dance traditions of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the programme won huge appreciation of the audiences for the power packed performances. Dr. Ram Vishwakarma Director IIIM was the Chief Guest on the occasion who lauded this rarest blend of beautiful cultural expressions which strongly demonstrate the unity in diversity of the state.
Earlier welcoming the august gathering, Regional Director of ICCR J&K Balwant Thakur while giving details about the programme ‘Dance Diversity of J&K’ informed that this concept of showcasing the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of J&K state has already won global acclaim for its uniqueness and rarest assimilation of different dance forms of this region. Innovatively devised and professionally executed this cultural signature leaves a lasting impact about this beautiful aspect of the state of J&K.
The programme ‘Dance Diversity of J&K’ was a unique cultural album of Jammu and Kashmir showcasing the variegated variety of different colors, rhythms, costumes, design patterns and artistic expressions through the dances of J&K. This amazing bouquet of rarest dance traditions beautifully unfolded the mesmerizing artistic traditions of this part of the world. Each dance presentation despite being different from the other in rhythm and pace has been artistically blended with each other so as to present their harmony and co-relation. Starting with vibrant ‘Tunde Jammuan Ne’ followed by Kashmiri ‘Rouf’, the programme transported the audiences to a most rejoicing journey of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, unfolding spectacular dance traditions of Kashmiried through the presentation of a mega performance ‘Unity in diversity of J&K’, exclusively designed and composed to portray the harmony and the cultural co-existence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This presentation also represents the vision of the new generation of the artists of Jammu & Kashmir who are not only reviving the wonderful dying artistic expressions in their own way but also believe in integration of the state through cultural and artistic initiatives.
The artists who participated in this vibrant presentation included Rakesh Kona, Rahul Singh, Sunny Mujoo, Deepali Sharma, Bindia, Saloni Verma, Geetanjali Khajuria, Ruchika Khajuria, Simran Kaur, Khushi, Natasha Jamwal, Anil Sharma, Ankush Bhasin and Shivani.
The lights of the programme were designed by Shivam Singh and operated by Mohit Kaul where as sound was rendered by Bhisham Gupta . The programme was coordinated by Gautam Kumar and Manoj Kumar.