JAMMU: The Cultural Wing of Department of Information organized a symposium–cum–cultural programme here today at auditorium of Heritage School, Sainik Colony.
The programme started with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest Mrs. Smita Sethi, Joint Director Information Department Jammu.
Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Mr. Raman Joshi, Cultural Officer, Information Department, Chairperson Heritage School Mrs. Sunita Gupta and Principal of the school Mr. Jagadish Singh Dhami.
The event featured a beautiful blend of thought provoking discourse on the contemporary needs and importance of preservation of traditional art. Not only it drew out the importance of modern technology but also brought to the surface essence of heritage and culture.
The student speakers expressed their views on the topic ‘Role of Computer Education in today’s Modern Society’.
The enlightening and thought provoking symposium was followed by scintillating cultural programme by the artists from the Cultural Wing of the State Information Department and students of Heritage School, which enthralled the audience and left them mesmerized.
While the singers and musicians created a wondrous ambiance in the heritage school auditorium by their soulful rendition of Dogri songs, the young dancers of heritage captivated everyone with their rhythmic movements of Dogri folk dance .
Joint Director of Information (JDI), Jammu felicitated the best speakers, Manik Tripathi, Divyanshu Saini and Japjot Singh, who won first , second and third position respectively.
In her address, the Mrs. Smita Sethi lauded the efforts of the artists and students for putting up a wonderful show which was a beautiful amalgam of scholarly and cultural pursuits. She also reiterated the importance of preserving the cultural legacies and traditions.
She wished the students success in life and asked them to abide their parents and teachers alike. She also appreciated the efforts of students and faculty in harmonising the culture of the state with modern methodology to help support each other.
In her welcome address, Chairperson Heritage School Mrs. Sunita Gupta also requested the Information Department to organise more such programmes in future in the school.
The two-hour long programme was ably compared by the veteran artist Mr. Jia Lal Sharma and enthralled the audience with his unique satire and wit.
Earlier, a colourful programme was presented by the artists of the cultural wing of the Information Department including Jeevan Sharma, Vijay Anand, Surjit Singh Sumbaria, Chanchal Sharma, Nirbay Singh Salathia, Bunti Kumar, Amit Kimar, Kamal Kumar and Bodh Raj.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Sr. Co-ordinator Mrs. Archana Sharma.