3-day Jammu Mahotsav begins

Giving an insight of the Jammu Mahotsav, secretary tourism, Rigzin Samphel said that the aim of organising the Jammu Mahotsav is to take the Dogra culture to the rest of the country and the world and to increase the footfall of tourists to the region.

Bivek Mathur
Jammu, Publish Date: Feb 9 2019 12:36AM | Updated Date: Feb 9 2019 12:36AM
3-day Jammu Mahotsav beginsPhoto: Mir Wasim/GK

Three-day Jammu Mahotsav aimed at highlighting the culture and traditions of Jammu to promote tourism began here at General Zorawar Singh auditorium of the Jammu University on Friday with the lightening of traditional lamp by advisor to Governor, Khursheed Ahmed Ganai.

Giving an insight of the Jammu Mahotsav, secretary tourism, Rigzin Samphel said that the aim of organising the Jammu Mahotsav is to take the Dogra culture to the rest of the country and the world and to increase the footfall of tourists to the region.  

He also highlighted the achievement of the tourism department during the event. Samphel said that during the last year, an amount of Rs 65 crore has been released by the governor administration for the restoration of historic Mubarak Mandi and an amount of Rs 2 crore released for the uplilftment and restoration of Raghunath temple.

He said that had Jammu ropeway project not met with an accident, it would have been another attraction for the tourists visiting the region.

“But, soon after getting the technical feasibility report, we will take its (Jammu ropeway project) work so that the people visiting various shrines and tourist spots are diverted to Jammu,” he said.

During the 3-day-long Jammu Mahotsav, various cultural dance, music and folk items would be presented by the local as well as Punjabi singers and artists at seven places viz. Katra Bus Stand, Mansar, Chichi Mata Temple Shrine in Samba di0strict, Bagh-e-Bahu in Jammu district, Mubarak Mandi, Suchetgarh, RS Pura and Bhagwati Nagar based tourism department ground in Jammu district respectively.

Director Tourism Jammu, OP Bhagat told Greater Kashmir that on the first day of the festival, prominent Dogri singers including Abha Hanjura, Satinder and Aditya Brothers, Jeevan Sharma and Deepali Watal will give their live performances while on the second day, famous Punjabi singer, Sharry Mann and daughter of the soil, Sonali Dogra will present the musical items.

Besides, he said, different government department stalls highlighting the policies and schemes of the Central as well as the state government would also be installed at the tourism department ground at Bhagwati Nagar.

The director tourism Jammu said that cultural programmes would be organized during the three-day festival at Bus Stand Katra, Mubarak Mandi, Suchetgarh, Chichi Mata Shrine and Mubarak Mandi shrine.

Photo exhibitions by the local photographers and painting competitions would also be organized during the programme, he said.

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