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Vibrant art and culture ecosystem essential ingredients for all round development of society: LG

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Felicitates recipients of Harmony India Awards-2023 for their contribution to art & culture

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Sunday felicitated the recipients of Harmony India Awards-2023 for their contribution to art and culture, an official press release informed.

Addressing the gathering of artists and litterateurs at a function at Tagore Hall here, the LG appreciated the Harmony Cultural Foundation for its contribution to the promotion of folk music, language, and literature of the UT of Jammu Kashmir.

“Vibrant art and culture ecosystems are essential ingredients for the round development of a society.  We need a combined strength of socio-economic growth, infrastructure, new technologies, and vibrant cultural traditions for prosperity, new ideas, and perspectives,” said the LG.

The LG called for combining art and culture with technology for future growth.

“For the holistic development of J&K, it is necessary that we create a fine balance between the sectors of advanced technology and the world of art and culture. To achieve this task, master artists and the younger generation will have to work together,” he said.

The LG also highlighted the journey of J&K UT under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and achievements reflected in infrastructure, cultural vibrancy, and inclusive development.

“After several decades, a time has come in the life of J&K when the energy of the society, the soul of the society is at the peak of its potential. New resolutions, new aspirations, and new dreams are taking shape,” he observed.

“Artists provide a humane approach to different professions and real essence that represents the vision of all creeds, communities, and different schools of philosophy. Art and culture also emphasize a spiritual approach to developmental journey and promote equality, and harmony in the society,” said the LG.

“The ageless and rich cultural tradition of J&K, blessed by Rishi, Sufi mystics provided intellectual inspiration to the world and served the interests of the society,” he said.

The LG called upon outstanding personalities to continuously direct, guide, motivate, and inspire youth for nation-building.

The creation of eminent personalities from art and culture would be a beacon light for the youth to follow and contribute towards building a peaceful, prosperous, and vibrant Jammu Kashmir, he added.

Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson J&K Waqf Board; Padma Shri Jitender Singh Shunty, Founder Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal; Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Secretary Tourism Department; Bharat Singh Manhas, Secretary, JKAACL, artists, writers, and eminent personalities were present.

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