Kashmir – a cultural hub of sub-continent: Rana
Srinagar, Aug 8: Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Devender Singh Rana said Wednesday that Kashmir resonates with imageries of its rich past and is the cultural hub of the sub-continent because of its rich heritage, literature, craft , architecture and folk art forms and this legacy needs to be protected and preserved.
He said the built heritage indicates the skill-set, talent-pool and unique aesthetics of local artists and designers thereby reflecting a tacit relationship between common people and their sense of tradition and so needs to be showcased to the world.
On a visit to the Lal Ded Cultural Centre while interacting with the scholars of INTACH, Rana said that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is committed to protect, preserve, share and showcase the rich traditions of Kashmir so that it evolves as a blend of contemporary and tradition to come up to the requirement of the people of today and prepare for a tomorrow, when it becomes an epicenter of rich art, culture and heritage for the future generations.
Accompanied by the Convener of the INTACH, Muhammad Saleem Beig and the J&K National Conference Spokesman Tanvir Sadiq, Rana expressed his appreciation for the work done in the restoration of Lal Ded Cultural Centre which, he said is aimed to promote awareness among the people especially youth of the state about the art and culture of not only the city but also the whole valley and beyond.
“Our young generation should be accustom to our culture, ethos and traditions” said Rana.
While complimenting convener INTACH, the Political Advisor to Chief Minister congratulated him for his yeomen service to the cause of the heritage of the valley and urged him to continue the good work being done by him and his team for posterity to live with the history of the past.
“All the schools and college students should be invited to such places so that they also would get to know about our rich culture”, Rana said and hoped that in coming times Lal Ded Cultural Centre will become a must-visit site for domestic and foreign tourists as well as researchers.
He asked the officials to conduct programs at such places for young students who can display their talent. Going through the photo-gallery, he congratulated all the freelance amateur photographers who have captured the entire mosaic of Kashmir through their lenses displaying its richness and diversity.
Speaking at the occasion the NC spokesman, Tanir Sadiq said the restoration of Lal Ded Memorial Cultural Centre has “yet again vindicated the stand of the Omar Abdullah led government towards restoration of Srinagar City to its yesteryear glory.” “Srinagar is regaining its golden charm under the dynamic leadership of Omar Sahib,” he added.
While talking to some students, Sadiq urged the youth to host cultural shows and display their talent at the riverside venue. He suggested that the place could host art exhibitions.
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