Srinagar: “Istaqbaal- e- Chilae Kalaan”, a three day long winter festival of music and drama began here today.
According to a press release the main purpose of this festival is to keep alive the spirit of performing arts in the Valley. “The invitees were mostly the youth.
The unique thing about this festival is that newcomers from the field of music and drama have been given an opportunity and a platform to show their talent. Students of few colleges like, S. P. College, Women College (M A Road) and A S College are also part of this festival,”said the press release.
Despite severe cold and mercury touching around minus 6 the auditorium was full of the lovers of music and drama. The audience enjoyed the show and they were glued to their seats till the end despite severe cold, the press release added.
Farooq Anwar Mirza, incharge Additional Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages was the chief guest. Dr Shahzad Aasim, Gulzar Ganai, Nisar Naseem and Prof Rohina were the guests of honour.
“The chief guest and the guests of honour who spoke on the occasion praised the creative director Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan and his team. They said that it is very challenging to do such programmes in such a severe cold.
In the end Mushtaaque reiterated his commitment to work with full dedication for the performing arts and the artists. He also expressed his gratitude to all the media houses, who support their activities continuously. He also expressed his thanks to participating artists, to the staff of Tagore Hall and to the team of Actors’ Creative Theatre (ACT),” the press release said.