Srinagar to host ‘Sufi concert’ on banks of Dal lake

Tourism Department organises opera featuring Habba Khatoon

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Apr 28: Department of Tourism will organize a mega ‘Sufi concert’ on the banks of Dal Lake ‘to create awareness among masses about the rich cultural history of the Valley.’
 Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora speaking at a function organized by the directorate of Tourism, Kashmir here today said that during previous years “we could not organize such events but now we are considering to hold a mega event on the banks of Dal Lake.”
 The function was organized in collaboration with Kashmir Music Club.
  “Sufi Music artists from different parts of the world will be invited to this event and even some artists from Pakistan will be part of the concert. And if all things materialize we may be organizing this event during the current year,” he said. 
 Jora stressed on the need for creating awareness about the cultural and socio-cultural history of Kashmir.
 Director Tourism, Farooq Shah speaking on the occasion said: “Tourism department is considering organizing opera cultural programmes on great poets and renowned personalities of the past in order to spread awareness about them among the people.”
 “The operas will be organized twice a month. The operas besides entertaining the tourists and giving them a taste of Kashmir’s cultural history would also generate revenue for the government,” Shah added.
 He said Kashmir has a rich cultural history and “we need to showcase it to our younger generation.”
 He said the tourism department is trying its best to revive culture and heritage of this place.  “Kashmir has been abode of great poets whose poetry shall last for eons.”
 Pertinently, today’s opera featured Kashmir’s 16th century great poet Habba Khatoon.  “The contribution of Habba Khatoon can’t be undermined. Her poems are sung even today and people adore them,” Shah Said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 28 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 29 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST




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