The Zonal level competition of the talent hunt programme "Choona Hai Aasman" was held at Auditorium of Police Headquarters here today.
21 senior and junior competitors from the Kashmir Zone, who were selected in the competitions held at range levels in South, Central and North Zones, participated in the senior and junior levels of the event. The competitors were judged by the jury comprising of Sukhwant Kour, Professor Music, noted singers Muneer Ahmad Mir and Aijaz Ahmad Rah. Noted educationist and music expert Hawa Bashir was the chief guest on the occasion. The proceedings were conducted by the broadcasters Azhar Hajni and Dr. Javaid Ahmad.
The selected comprised Kainaat Manazir, Iqbal Gulzar, Masrat Aziz, Firdous Ahmad, Ruqiya Maqbool, Zaid Rashid, Tasleema Majeed, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Danishta Nabi, Tanveer Ahmad Najar and Malik Wahid.
IGP Kashmir S.J.M Gillani and Chief Guest Hawa Bashir distributed trophies and cash rewards and certification among the selected singers including the winners. Cash rewards of Rs 20,000 was given to the 1st position holders, rupees 15,000 was given to the 2nd position holders and 10,000 rupees was given to the 3rd position holders.
A special consolation prize was given to Bashir Ahmad Golpori of Kulgam and his party.
Speaking on this occasion, Hawa Bashir complimented department of police for organizing the event. "This is a very nice platform provided by the J&K Police to the young singers to show their singing abilities which were judged by expert and eminent team of jury," she said.
"Police department needs to be complimented for organizing such event as their job is tough and needs round the clock devotion to the call of the duty. Despite their tight schedule police has managed to find time and resources to assist the budding singers," she added.
Among others senior police officers including DIG CKR Ghulam Hassan Bhat, DIG SKR Nitesh Kumar and Superintendents of Police of different districts and their families were present. Those who were selected today will participate in State level competition which will be held shortly.
Vote of thanks was presented by Showkat Sarwar Shah SO to IGP Kashmir. In his address, he thanked all the district police officers, range DIGs, jury members, singers, participant, their families and also media fraternity for making Choona Hai Aasman "Season-5" a successful event