Sanskriti Mahotsav – Objective is to popularise cultural diversity, reconnect young with incredible arts of country: LG Sinha
Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha attended the Sanskriti Mahotsav, featuring prominent folk dances of Karnataka, at Srinagar today, an official press release informed.
In his address, the LG welcomed the artists from Karnataka to the UT and commended the endeavour of the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to promote rich diversity and uniqueness of ageless Indian culture and the cultural inter-linkages between J&K UT and Karnataka.
“Our prime objective is to popularise cultural diversity and reconnect the young generation with incredible arts and performing art forms of the country. Such events are finest examples of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ and bring greater peace, prosperity and happiness in society,” the LG said.
Since ancient times, Karnataka has been the center of literature, architecture, music, dance and many folk traditions, customs and festivals. The oldest form of Yakshagana was first mentioned in Chandraprabha Purana. This world-famous theatre art has also been described in the Mallinath Purana of Nagchandra, the LG observed.
“J&K UT is witnessing an unprecedented revival of vibrant culture. The aim of such a cultural event is to introduce the new generation to the great heritage of the country,” the LG said.
The LG appreciated the artists who performed the famous traditional folk dance form of Karnataka.
He said the objective of all the art forms and folk tradition is to create a bridge between different cultures and languages, weave them into one thread and to connect the society and the country. Every language, every instrument, every dance style has one message of unity, he added.
“I am hopeful of seeing the artists from Karnataka performing Yakshagana during the upcoming Navratra Festival at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine,” the LG added.
Yakshagana and the Kannada and Tulu folk Lore classical fusion by the artists received a standing ovation from the audience.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG; Dr Hina Shafi Bhat, Vice-Chairperson, J&K KVIB; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; H. Rajesh Prasad, Principal Secretary PDD; Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to LG; Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Secretary Tourism; Bharat Singh Manhas, Secretary JKAACL, senior officers and eminent personalities from diverse fields were present.