Jammu, May 30: Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Jammu under its Horizon Series presented ‘Swar Sudha’ a programme of vocal music featuring versatile Mukteshi Sharma here this evening at the Auditorium of Government college for women, Parade Jammu. This young singer hailing from Jammu kept the audience spellbound through her soulful singing and demonstrated her command over her diverse range of singing. Earlier the Regional Director of ICCR Jammu while welcoming the august gathering of music lovers of Jammu informed that this is the first programme of the series aimed at giving platform to the exceptionally talented young performers and also to create connoisseurs and develop appreciation of audiences towards pure art forms by organising such kind of concerts on regular intervals. Introducing Mukteshi Sharma, the Regional Director ICCR, Balwant Thakur said that she is a versatile young singer who has excelled in wide range of singing, varying from classical to semi-classical, light, Sufi, folk and contemporary (Western). As a child artist, Mukteshi Sharma set a new record by winning first prize of J&K Academy of Art Culture and languages in classical vocal singing consecutively for seven years. In the year 2008 she won the 3rd prize in country’s most prestigious Shree Harballabh Sangeet Pratiyogita in Jallandhar. After moving to College, Mukteshi set yet another all-time record by winning best singer in classical, Light Classical, and Western solo categories of University of Jammu consecutively for five years. In the year 2015 she won the top honours in Classical solo and western solo in the North Zone Inter-University cultural competition. Currently she is all set to complete her Masters in the field of Music. Trained and groomed under her father Sh. Ashutosh Mangotra, Mukteshi had the privilege for having learnt music from Sh. V.K. Sambyal (Rangeeley Thakur) and also from India’s top classical vocalist Shobha Mugdal and for a brief period. On the occasion Balwant Thakur thanked Prof. Hemla Aggarwal, Principal Government College for Women, Parade Jammu for giving full cooperation and support for holding of the programme ‘Swar Sudha’ in which one of their proud student featured.
Mukteshi Started her programme with Khayal Madhuwanti which followed by Tappas in Raag Bhervi. The programme took new heights when her Bhajans transported audience to the world of spirituality. The programme culminated with her Sufi singing and the entire programme received overwhelming appreciation and applauds. Her programme was brilliantly complimented by the accompaniment of harmonium by Sh. Ashutosh Mangotra and Tabla by Neeraj Verma.
On the occasion, Mukteshi Sharma was also honoured by ICCR, Jammu and the honours were done by Danish Rana, Inspector General of Police, Jammu and Prof. Hemla Aggarwal, Principal, Govt. College for Women, Prade.
Prominent among those who attended this rarest solo musical concert included Danish Rana (Inspector General of Police, Jammu) V.K. Sambyal (Station Director, All India Radio, Jammu), Prof. Hemla Aggarwal (Principal, Govt. College for Women, Prade), Kailash Mehra, K.L.Verma, Vidya Rattan Aasi, Brij Mohan, Kamal Sharma, Vijay Attri and Anupama Sharma.