Jammu: Governor Lt. General (Retd) S K Sinha and the First Lady Premini Sinha celebrated Diwali with Raj Bhavan staffers amid scintillating musical performance by reputed artists of North India.
The programme had been organized by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
The artists, who have marked their presence felt in the world of music by achieving distinction in the annual Bhaint competition being held by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Department of Tourism every year during Navratras, sang popular tunes and enthralled the audience. Notable among them were Meenu Atwal and Naveen Punjabi from Punjab, Mool Raj from Dhaderwah, Zulekhan Fareed from Doda besides Juhi Singh and Mohinder Soni from Jammu.
They all have participated and won laurels in the annual All India Devotional Songs competition in Katra. It was a rare occasion for them to perform in front of the Chairman, SMVDSB and get blessings from him. Some of the artists have already made their mark in playback singing in Punjabi and Bollywood films.
The Governor appreciated the performers and wished them success in their chosen careers. He presented mementos to the performing artists and Rakesh Wazir. Extending Diwali greetings to officers and staffers of Raj Bhavan, he hoped that the lights of Diwali will dispel the darkness of violence afflicting out beautiful State. 'May this festival this year usher in peace, prosperity and happiness for all', he added.
The Governor and the First Lady met the families of Raj Bhavan employees and wished them a happy Diwali. The Security Personnel deployed in the Raj Bhavan also joined in the celebrations.
Principal Secretary to Governor, Dr Arun Kumar and Principal Secretary ARI & Trainings Mrs Sonali Kumar were also present on the occasion. The Chairperson of All India Devotional Songs Committee, Rakesh Wazir anchored the programme.
To mark the festival, crackers were burst in the Raj Bhavan lawns.
Meanwhile, Acting Chief Justice designate of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice Nissar Ahmed Kakroo called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan this morning and greeted him on the auspicious occasion of Diwali. (INF)