First ever Cultural Extravaganza at Doda



First ever high profile Cultural Extravaganza held at Dak Banglow here in which more than 250 artists of seven regional languages of the State participated. The programme
under the title “ DHANAK” was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Art,Culture and Languages in collaboration with the Sangeet Natak Akademi,New Delhi. The main attraction of the musical bonanza was the participation of eminent artists from the three regions of the State.
The Kashmiri Rouf, Hafiz Nagma, Dhamali Dance, Dogri Jagarna, Bhaderwahi Songs and Kudd were highly appreciated by the audience. The main attraction of the programme was the Ladakhi marriage dance, in which 25 local artists participated. This was for the first time that a team of tribal nomad Gujjars of Bhaessa performed the much popular Gujjardance on the occasion. The Pahari, the dancers from Karnah spell bound the audience .
Earlier Secretary Academy, Zaffar Iqbal Manhas stated that main objective of this programme is to highlight over diversity of our centuries old traditions. He said that this is rather first time in the history of Doda that more than 250 prominent artists of State are assembled here at this remote district to celebrate 150th anniversary of our movement for independence. 
The first phase of this event was held at Leh in October , second phase was held in Jammu last February Third phase of this programme of Music and Dance was held at Poonch last month and this is the forth phase.
The fifth phase of this cultural extravaganza would be held at Srinagar in coming month. 
He said that we are planning to invite the state artists who are presently settled in different parts of the country to take part in these festivals to be organized for unity and
integrity of the state.
Among other dignitaries district administration, Police, CRP and Army Officers were also witnessed the event .Speaking on the occasion various dignitaries including SSP Doada, Additional Dy Commissioner Dada, Commandant CRPF and Army high officials described artists as ambassadors of peace and urged them to disseminate the message of harmony and love through various forms of art - music being the paramount of them. He had a word of praise for the local artists, singers, dancers, sculptors, painters etc, and observed that the traditional folk -heritage have caught the imagination of the art lovers across the country. He said that music transcends all boundaries and barriers and touches directly hearts irrespective of linguistic or ethnic considerations.
The dignitaries of Doda town congratulated the Cultural Academy and its Secretary, Zaffar Manhas, for organizing purposeful programme at Doda with an avowed objective of promoting regional unity among different segments of the people of the State.
The programme was held to commemorate the 150 Adversary of first war of India’s Independence.



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