After the Amarnath land row polarized the state on regional lines,it was a moment of harmony for nearly 100 artists from Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh regions who fused their musical performances to an audience spread over 150 countries through the live telecast from DD Kashir channel in Jammu on Monday evening.
After the Omar Abdullah led government took over the reins of the state,the biggest challenge before the young scion of the Abdullahs was to bridge the gulf that had come on account of the Amarnath land row agitation that had put the state on boil for two months.
It was not surprising that the mega five day musical festival is titled Jugalbandi (Fusion),with artists from all the three regions of the state giving the first performance together,at the packed Abhinav theatre,where the festival began on Tuesday evening.
The musical festival,which is being organized by DD Kashir channel,was declared open by the Governor NN Vohra who remarked that he felt extremely happy to inaugurate the festival that symbolizes the unity and harmony of the state. Governor NN Vohra had a tough time during the Amarnath agitation,when people in Jammu were demanding his ouster and openly raised slogans against him.
It is a proud moment for the people of the state,said Director DDK Srinagar Dr Rafeeq Masoodi,to showcase their rich heritage and composite culture before a world audience,adding that the festival is being telecast live through satellite on DD Kashir channel across 150 countries globally. He said the festival has brought around 100 young and old artists from different regions of the state together to provide them a platform where they can interact,understand and learn art and music from their fellow artists and showcase the rich culture of the state in a blended form.
The festival will also open new vistas for our artists as the outside world will get a chance to watch their performances. Many of our artists might even get a lifetime break as several corporate houses from Mumbai including SAREGAMA are also expected to participate in the festival,he said.
The first evening started with a blend of rich forms of light,folk,and sufiyana songs. Kashmiri Singer Waheed Jeelani sung a mellifluous light Kashmiri song to the soul stirring strains of the Santoor,while Dogri singer Jeevan Sharma mesmerized the audience with his soulful rendition of the famous Dogri poet Ved Pal Deeps poetry in Ghazal form. Noted artists from across the state like Parveena Bhanu,Manzoor Shah,Kailash Mehra,Rashid Farash,King Pal Singh,Gulzar Ganaie,Raja Bilal,Abdul Rashid Hafiz,Vijay Malla,Deepali Wattal,Jeewan Sharma,Bashir Mastana,Zulaikha are also participating in the musical bonanza.