Doda emerges a new centre of Kashmiri literature


Doda is emerging as a further centre of Kashmiri literature in the State after Valley and writers and artists of the area have contributed most valuable works to Kashmiri Language and Culture since early decades of twentieth century , said Zaffar Iqbal Manhas ,Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages while interacting with prominent artists, Poets and intellectuals of the area on the concluding day of Two day long State Cultural Festival 2009 entitled Dhanak-IV.
Zaffar said that the State Academy. has devised a time bond plan to develop all the languages of the State. He said our main thrust will be on the development of Art, Culture and Languages of the remotest areas of Jammu and Kashmir which are producing original forms of languages and where folk-lore is still surviving in all odds. He further told that empowering of Doda Office and strengthening of Badherwa Office of Academy will be our first priorty which will lead us towards preservation of untouched ethos of the state.
Earlier a Mega show highlighting different colours of diversed cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir State was held on second and concluding day of State Cultural Festival Dhanak. The programme was especially designed and presented by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. More than 250 prominent Artists of the State were participated in this Cultural Exuberance. 
This was the fourth phase of the Progamme held here. Prior to this event the same type of State Cultural Festivals were organized by Academy with the help of SNA at Leh, Jammu and Poonch during preceding months. The fifth phase of this cultural extravaganza would be held at Srinagar in coming month.
The main attraction of today’s programme was local Folk-Songs of Bhaderwahi, Sraji, Pogli languages of the area. The locally popular dances items Kudd and Jagrna also spellbound the audience on the occasion. 
Kashmiri Hafiz Nagma, Rouf, Dhamali, Chakkri and Sofiyana items were also appreciated by the audience, These items were being presented by renowned artistes of Kashmir Valley.
The Dogri dances Chhajha, Chattani were also attracted crowds. The Gojri Songs and Dances were an other attractions of the festival. During this festival 15 Pahari artists also performed.
The programme was held at Dak Banglow and was attended by thousands of spectators including high officials of State and District Administration, Police, CRPF and Army  
The programme was held to commemorate the 150 Adversary of first war of India’s Independence.


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