New Delhi, 14th of October, 2016 The proud Natrang team of artists left for London today to participate 15 day programme series being held in various parts of UK. History is being created as for the first time a group of 15 artists which include Mohd. Yaseen, Rahul Singh, Gauri Thakur, Shazia Batool, Sunny Mujoo, Nikhil Manhas, Ankush Bhasin, Jyoti Kumari, Bindia, Aarti Slathia, Naina Sharma, Saloni Verma Simran Kaur and Rakesh Kumar Kona will present Jammu and Kashmir Festival in London which will not only showcase the culture of a particular part or region of the state but will give full representation to the entire cultural and linguistic diversity of the state. Interacting with art and media friends who had come to see the team off at Delhi airport, the director of the event Balwant Thakur informed that 15 (Fifteen) members group of artists is leaving India tonight to have its first ever performance in London on 16th of October, 2016 at Trafalgar Square, London.
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Over fifty thousand world audiences is eagerly waiting for Natrang performers to vibrate the Trafalgar Square with their electrifying colourful performances. Jammu and Kashmir Festival London is locally supporting the event whereas Indian Council For Cultural Relations has supported the passage of the group. Revealing on the occasion Balwant Thakur further informed that entire expenses on the production of this unique colourful programme representing Kashmiri, Dogri, Ladakkhi, Pahadi, Gojri, Bhadarwahi and Balti cultures has been borne by Natrang, thus creating a huge financial liability just with the sentiment that it a life time opportunity being offered to get global cultural recognition for the state should not be missed.
The artists who are accompanying him have been rehearsing day and night for the event since last more than six months. Lot of people, creative professionals, cultural experts, scholars and technician have contributed immensely for the creation of this world class performance which is all set to conquer the world culture space through magnificent performances. It took Natrang 33 long years to wait for this occasion to come and all out efforts have been made to utilize this opportune moment. The group has almost gone bankrupt in mobilizing resources to create this world class performance. Lot of money has been invested in the creation of music, costumes, jewellery, props, to match international standards. He hoped that this presentation of Natrang will be remembered by the generations who will rejoice this cultural achievement of the state of Jammu and Kashmir for centuries to come. The other important venues where these artists will perform include Nehru Centre, Indian Embassy, UK, Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan in addition to various News Channels and Media Houses. Few workshops have also been planned to train the world community, the art of music and dances of Jammu and Kashmir in addition to some nuances of regional theatre.
Mohd. Yaseen, Rahul Singh