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J&K an oasis of talent, budding youngsters should reap benefits: LG

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Srinagar: : Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Monday said that Jammu- Kashmir is an “oasis of talent and asked the budding youngsters to come forward to reap maximum benefit from various programmes to channelize their potential in the right direction.

The LG observed this during J&K’s biggest talent hunt-cum-music concert show ‘SHAURYA’, which was organized here at SKICC by Army’s Northern Command to commemorate the martyrs of 1971.

Advisor to LG, R.R Bhatnagar; Principal Secretary to LG, Nitishwar Kumar; Northern Army Commander, Lt Gen. YK Joshi; General Officer in Command of 15 Corps Srinagar, Lt. Gen BS Raju; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, PK Pole, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary, other senior officers of administration and a large number of music-lovers and audience were also present on the occasion.

The winners performed in an exciting fusion band with Sukhwinder Singh, an official press release informed.

It said the LG also felicitated young achievers of Kashmir Valley who have performed in different fields.

‘Shaurya’ musical talent-hunt has been conceptualized by Mausiqui Studios with support from the local administrations and renowned Bollywood celebrities and singers like Sukhwinder Singh.

The winners of the talent-hunt included Anees Yousuf Qureshi, Adnan Mansoor, Asif Fayaz, Umar Majeed, and Mansoor Mushtaq from Kashmir; while Raghujeet Singh, Reema Devi, Rajinder Kumar, Shobhit Gupta, and Rahul Kumar were adjudged winners from Jammu.

The winners were chosen from more than 2000 calls and entries that were received till January 11 this month through a combination of online/WhatsApp submission and on-ground auditions at Jammu and Srinagar, the press release informed.

It said the overall auditions and selection were conducted under the watchful eyes of renowned music experts who judged the budding talents. These included internationally acclaimed Indian playback singer Sukhwinder Singh, renowned J&K singer and music composer Naseem-ul-Haq, music composer, and person behind hits like ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Kisna’ Dilshad Shaikh and J&K-based Sufi, Ghazal, and light classical music exponent Shazia Bashir.

The winners will also be presented with prize money of Rs 5 lakh and Mausiqui Studios will provide support and platform for the band to create its music album and perform in top national and international events for three years, non-exclusive plug-ins in various Bollywood and regional movies, albums, besides a special music video will be made on the band and released internationally.

Speaking on the occasion, singer Sukhwinder Singh felt that it is the duty of everyone to work for the betterment of society and country, adding that he tries to play his part through his work.

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