Governor NN Vohra has underscored the need for promotion of cultural events to provide a platform to budding artists of Kashmir.
Governor was addressing a gathering as guest of honour at the grand finale of Shrin:Saaz Te Awaaz a month-long musical competition at DPS Athwajan here.
The DPS school reverberated with traditional Kashmiri music last evening during the grand finale. 10 teams from different schools of Kashmir presented mesmerizing performances which kept audience spellbound.
The students of Government Boys High School, Sadhoonara Bandipora bagged the first position.
On the occasion, First Lady Mrs. Usha Vohra was a guest of honor and Minister for Finance and Culture Haseeb Drabu was a distinguished guest.
In its endeavor to revive poetry of renowned Kashmiri poets, DPS under the aegis of DP Dhar Memorial Trust held the maiden one-month long event. The winner team was awarded with trophy and first prize of Rs 1 lakh. Government High School Shadipora bagged the second prize of Rs 75,000 and New Dream Land Educational Institute, Ganderbal secured third position, winning a prize of Rs. 50,000.
Besides, consolation prizes of Rs. 50,000 were also distributed among the participants. The award money was sponsored by the Old World Culture of Delhi, Taxala Hospitalities, J&K, DP Dhar Memorial Trust, Ms Kiran Dhar and State Education Ministry.
The Governor lauded the efforts of the DPS management for promoting the local culture. "Events of this scale would provide a most welcome opportunity to the young boys and girls of the Valley to display their high potential in the arena of music and arts and also give them the confidence to perform in public programmes adding to their personality development," he said.
He said that such events being organized by other educational institutions would go a long way in boosting the future of our children and showcasing their skills in extra-curricular activities.
The Governor complimented Vijay Dhar, Chairman DPS and D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust, for his initiative to organize such a wonderful programme, involving the children of over 200 schools, which is first-of-its kind in the Valley. "The event provided an excellent opportunity to hundreds of school children to exhibit their talents. I have not seen such a wonderful event in the State earlier where young students, particularly the girls, performed with so much talent and enthusiasm," he said.
For the creative concept of the stage and encouraging the development of the intrinsic potential of the children, the Governor announced a contribution of Rs 1.5 lakh.
The First Lady presented awards to the first three winners of the finale and wished them a bright future.
Drabu, who gave away the consolation prizes, lauded the initiative of the DPS for organizing such a wonderful event which, he said, will boost the morale of the budding youth. He said that suitable steps would be taken to encourage youth in the cultural arena.
Syed Sumaira, programme co-coordinator said that efforts would be made in future also to provide the platform to youngsters to bring out their potential qualities.
"Everyone is happy to see the talent of students who actually reside and study in far-flung areas. We have started a good initiative and this good should not stop here," she added.
Over 200 schools of the Valley participated in this mega event, out of which ten made to the final.
The participants of the final include, DMPS, Pampore, Dream Land Educational Institute, Ganderbal, Govt. Boys High School, Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Rajbagh, Government Girls Higher Secondary School Bandipora, Govt. High School Shadipora, Dr. AGM's City School Nowgam, Srinagar, DPS, Budgam and Govt. Boys High School, Sadhoonara.