Efforts are made to revive and promote the culture of J&K: LG Sinha
SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the Kumaon Literary Festival at the Kashmir International Convention Center on Wednesday.
The Lieutenant Governor said the festival brings together the country’s famous authors, poets and thinkers to celebrate art, culture and literature and provides people with the opportunity to explore new ideas and perspectives.
J&K is home to a rich literary tradition, dating back millennia and our quest for knowledge continues, he further observed.
The Lieutenant Governor said that under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated efforts have been made for two years to revive and promote the culture, art, literature, film and music of J&K .
The nation is witnessing economic, cultural and scientific renaissances under the leadership of the Prime Minister. Our culture and our ancient literary values are rich and diverse and have always guided us on the path of peace, coexistence and brotherhood, added the Lieutenant Governor.
Calling the culture a way of life and a mirror reflecting the aspirations and socio-economic transformation of the people, the Lieutenant Governor said efforts were being made to involve local artists and residents as stakeholders in the maintenance and the promotion of art, heritage sites, etc.
Recalling the contribution of famous writers and thinkers of Jammu and Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor said that the cultural ethos of our great nation has been deeply connected with UT of Jammu and Kashmir since time immemorial. From storytelling to classical Indian music, Jammu and Kashmir is home to various creative mediums, he added.
There are countless revered writers from Jammu and Kashmir, who have enriched the cultural history of India. I believe the past was prosperous and, I am sure, the new generation of writers will take it to greater heights, added the Lieutenant Governor.
The Lieutenant Governor also spoke about efforts to promote local languages including Kashmir, Pahari, Gojri, Dogri and Punjabi.
The UT government is committed to providing the right platform to harness the potential of talented young writers in Jammu Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor has said.
Referring to the film policy of Jammu and Kashmir launched last year, the Lieutenant Governor observed that the policy has facilitated the shooting of films in the scenic spots of UT and the golden age of 70s-80s Bollywood is making a comeback.
The administration has opened cinema halls in Shopian, Pulwama, Srinagar and efforts are underway to open cinema halls in each district. A record 1.60 crore tourists had come to Jammu and Kashmir till September this year, which in itself speaks of a vibrant Jammu and Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor added.
Dr. Bibek Debroy, author and chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, spoke about Kashmir’s literary, cultural and historical heritage. He also shed light on Kashmir and the Sharda Peeth connection.
Veteran filmmaker Rahul Rawail has expressed his joy at witnessing the glorious days of filmmaking in Kashmir.
Asha Batra, co-founder of Kumaon Literary Festival, said that we are delighted to organize the Kashmir edition of Kumaon Literary Festival. She also expressed her gratitude to the UT government for supporting the festival.
Arhan Bagati, founder of Yumberzal Institute of Applied Research of Kashmir (KYARI), in his welcome speech, outlined the aims and vision behind the festival.
PK Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, DC Srinagar; In addition to prominent literary and film personalities, literati, thinkers, writers, artists from across the country and UT were in attendance.
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