The seventh Kashmir Festival,Pune,began on Friday with Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra inaugurating the three-day event. Several entrepreneurs hailing from Jammu and Kashmir,journalists covering that state and students were felicitated on the inaugural day for their achievements.
Felicitating young entrepreneurs from Kashmir,Farooq Amin and Imran Sheikh,Governor Vohra said,The situation in Kashmir was bad during 2010. It has considerably improved last year. I am hoping young Kashmiri entrepreneurs like Farooq and Imran,who are doing business outside the Valley,start investing in Jammu and Kashmir. Vohra said that though Kashmiri youth are intelligent,they had been robbed of opportunities in their home state due to turmoil and instability in the last two decades.
Veteran Gandhian Mohan Dharia and former IAS officer M U Rahman were among those present during the inauguration. Addressing the function,Dharia said,People of Kashmir,Nagaland,Mizoram and several border states are not very proud saying they are Indians. We are responsible for this. There is a need to increase sense of brotherhood among the countrymen.
The festival organised by Sarhad,Pune and Arihant Education Foundation,will showcase a variety art and music. Immersion,the first Kashmiri rock band started by Amit Wanchoo,gave a performance at the inaugural ceremony. It was dedicated to the culture of Jammu,Kashmir and Ladakh. On Saturday,Nasim Shafai,the first Kashmiri poetess to win a Sahitya Academy Award will interact with people at Patrakar Bhavan. The event will conclude on February 5.