Tourism Department organises Cultural Carnival at Bagh-e-Bahu

JAMMU: As part of three day long “Baisakhi Celebrations”, Directorate of Tourism, Jammu organized a cultural carnival from Balidan Stambh to Bagh-e -Bahu today.
The lively and euphoric harvest festival is being celebrated along with ongoing Navratras with huge enthusiasm.
A cultural carnival of ethnically dressed artists were flagged off from Balidan Stambh to Bagh-e-Bahu by the Chief Guest of the occasion Rigzian Samphael, IAS, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department. Colourful costumes, traditional dresses, Music, Bands, etc made the procession a visual treat for everyone present.
The carnival was indeed a unique way to make the rich varied culture of the region visible. It was a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities of the state and contrary traditional and contemporary elements added to its beauty.
It included and attracted all age groups, professional artists and on-goers with great enthusiasm.B anners of different tourist destinations were carried and bikers also encased the event.
The joy of Baisakhi filled the air as gaily dressed men and women moved forward to celebrate the occasion.
The procession was culminated at Bagh-e-Bahu where a cultural program was organised by the department.
The energetic performances elevated and spurred the aura and glee of the festivity while representing the cultural ethos of the region.
Rigzian Samphael, IAS, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government appreciated the efforts of the department in organizing the festival and asked for organizing more such events on prominent tourist destinations having heritage significance so that our local culture is known to the people.
Speaking on the occasion, he said Baisakhi is a celebration of our cultural heritage and it serves as a platform for displaying music, dance and vivid culture of our state to everyone.
In order to recognise the contribution of Jammuites towards the promotion of tourism in the state they were honoured by the departments.
The awardees included Ram Singh (Everester), Sh.Jugraj and team (Bikers Brotherhood India), Akershit Pathak, Akash Bhat, Rajveer Singh, Raman Kumar (State Champions, Mountain Terrain Bikers) and Shailesh Kabu (Food Blogger).
Also, various departments like DIC, Handloom, JKTDC etc placed their stalls to showcase the indigenous products/crafts of the state.
Along with it ethnic food stalls were also installed. Also, beautiful rangolis were designed by the students on the theme “Tourist Destinations of Jammu”.
The theme was chosen so that tourist destinations of Jammu are known to the locals as well as tourists in the state.
It was a unique evening where one could witness vibrant colours of the region with the festive spirit of Baisakhi.
The festival was attended by Nagendra Singh Jamwal, KAS, Mansar-Surinsar Development Authority, Ansuya Jamwal KAS, Deputy Director Tourism, Publicity, Dr. Umesh Shan KAS, AD Tourism Katra, Sheena Sahni KAS, AD Tourism Jammu and other officers . Besides a large no of prominent citizens as well as tourists were also present to celebrate the joy of Baisakhi.

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