IIM Jammu in association with JKAACL & Dept of Art, Culture, Govt of Tamil Nadu launches EBSB Program Series
Under the Government of India’s Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) Scheme, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu in association with Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages (JKAACL) and Dept. of Art, Culture, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, successfully launched a series of cultural programs on its campus. A troupe of 64 including several officers, civil servants and artists from Tamil Nadu performed at IIM Jammu to exhibit the indigenous culture of their region.
The event began with the lighting of the lamp followed by the welcome speech by Dr. Ashish Kumar, President of Student Affairs. The event was graced by Prof. BS Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu, Prof. Jabir Ali, Dean, Academics, Shri Bharat Singh, Secretary, Shri Sanjeev Rana, Additional Secretary, JKAACL and Cmdr Kesavan Baskkaran, Administrative Director, IIM Jammu. These cultural programs have endeavored to enhance interaction and promote mutual cultural understanding between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu. The event was well attended. by the faculty, officers, staff and students of the Institute.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. BS Sahay, Director of IIM Jammu said, “The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat (EBSB) initiative was conceptualized by none other than Shri Narendra Modi, the Honorable Prime Minister of India and encouraged all centrally funded and otherwise. educational institutions in the country by the Ministry of Education, Government. from India. He further reiterated that IIM Jammu being a nationally significant institute in the country having students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds, cultures and regions, will further develop and serve the purpose of the spirit behind EBSB through the cultural exchange between the people in a spirited way. I think the EBSB program also helped us establish the cultural signature of the institute and its campus, which I personally looked forward to.
Shri Bharat Singh Manhas, JKAS, Secretary (JKAACL), addressing the audience said, “I would like to express my gratitude to the Department of Culture, Government of Tamil Nadu for this initiative. Also at this juncture, I would like to express my gratitude to Prof. BS Sahay, Director of IIM Jammu and IIM Jammu for supporting such a noble initiative.
Thiru V. Gopalakrishnan, Deputy Director, Regional Art and Culture, Department of Art and Culture, Govt. of Tamil Nadu said, “We are grateful to IIM Jammu and JKAACL for enabling these artists to perform on such a great platform and expressed our gratitude to Prof. BS Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu, and Shri Bharat Singh Manhas, Secretary, JKAACL for organizing such a grand event and hospitality”.
The event continued with the congratulation ceremony for the guest of honor, artists and dignitaries. The dance forms performed during the evening revolved around folk stories from the region. Mangala Isai, Bharathanattiyam, Thappattam, Kaniyan Koothu, Kavadiattam, Kokkali Kattaiattam, Oilattam & Kollattam and Karagattam were some of the many classical and folk performances of the evening. Dancers dressed in traditional costumes showed a strong connection between nature and the gods. The event ended with a vote of thanks from Dr. Shahnawaaz, Editor and Cultural Officer of JKAACL.