Sunday, July 1, 2012


Peace and normalcy essential for achieving progress and prosperity: Vohra
Srinagar July 01 (Only Kashmir): Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, today said that sustained peace and normalcy are essential elements for achieving progress and prosperity and called upon one and all to work towards making Jammu and Kashmir a peaceful, developed and prosperous State. 
The Governor, as Chief Guest, was addressing after felicitating six distinguished personalities from the field of art and culture at a function organized by the Athwaas Foundation, a society of artists, producers, directors, writers, performers and musicians, at SKICC, here this evening.
The Governor felicitated Mr. G. R. Hasrat Gadda; Mr. Zameer Ashai; Mr. Hirday Koul Bharti; Mrs. Kusum Dhar; Mr.Balwant Thakur; and Mr. Mipham Otsal who were presented mementos, shawls and citations on behalf of the Athwaas Foundation. The Governor interacted with the awardees and congratulated them for their significant contributions in the arenas of art and culture. Mr. Gadda, Mr. Ashai, Mrs. Dhar and Mr. Otsal received the awards personally, while Mr. Bihari Kak and Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Tak received the awards on behalf of Mr. Balwant Thakur and Mr. Hirdey Koul Bharti.
Mr. Mubarak Gul, Advisor to the Chief Minister; Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home; Mr. Vijay Bakaya, MLC; Mr. Khalid Bashir, Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages; Mr. Shabir Ahmad Buch, Director, Doordarshan, Jammu; senior officers, a galaxy of writers, intellectuals, artists, theaterists and invited audience were present on the occasion.   
“Waktuk Partav”- a musical opera in Kashmir, was presented on the occasion. In this opera motifs and symbols were used to communicate the essence of the whole story. These motifs were characters belonging to seasons i.e. winter, spring and birds and flowers. This poetic allegory was an artistic communication of the verse “when winter comes, spring cannot be far behind”. ”Saffar”, a tribute to the late Mr. Vijay Kumar Malla, and Athwaas Song, highlighting the spirit of unity in diversity, were the other highlights of the function.
 Earlier, Mr. Bihari Kak, President, Athwaas Foundation, in his welcome address, gave a resume of the history, evolution and activities of the Athwaas Foundation aimed at arranging platform and creating opportunity for the artist fraternity and utilize medium of art and culture for strengthening harmony and brotherhood. He said that this event was organized in the memory of late Mr. Vijay Kumar Malla, a singer and artist of the State, who passed away recently.     
Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Tak, Chief Editor, Urdu, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, presented a Vote of Thanks.


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