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Department of Culture launches novel initiative to promote JK’s treasured art

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Badam Vaer to celebrate Mehjoor’s legacy with strings of Rabab

SRINAGAR, MAY 16: The Department of Culture has ventured on a unique and novel initiative to revive, restore and promote J&K’s aesthetic and treasured heritage and make art and culture part of daily lives.

“Beginning from the historic city of Srinagar, I have asked the department to convene series of programs mostly on weekends in public places like Badam Vaer, Iqbal Park, Sunday market, Lal Chowk, Pratap Park and other places,” said Minister for Finance & Culture, Dr Haseeb Drabu, known for his inspiring initiatives as J&K Bank Chairman to preserve and promote J&K’s cherished cultural heritage.

As a part of this initiative, a musical evening, which will resonate the historic Badam Vaer in Srinagar with the strings of Rabab, is being organized tomorrow to celebrate the legacy of Shair-e-Kashmir, Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor.

“By organizing such programmes, we want to bring Art in Public Spaces,” said Dr Drabu adding it is being done in a different way to bring out the richness of J&K’s culture through theme based programs by dedicating evenings to legendary poets, musical instruments, poetic genres etc.

The programs will also provide a platform to the youth to showcase their talent through art and photography exhibitions, street plays and street art. “The objective of this distinctive series of programmes is also to promote creative theatrical expression and artistic enrichment,” he said.

“The idea is to make art and culture part of our daily lives so much so that it subtly blends into our daily chores and adds substance and cheer to our lives,” Dr Drabu added.

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