5-day Birds’ festival concludes

GJ REPORT
LEH, SEP 12: A five days festival celebrating the Birds of Ladakh concluded today.
The festival was organized by the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation in collaboration with the Dara Shikoh Centre for the Arts and Paper chirrups. The celebration started with an enthralling performance by Kacho Ahmed Khan from Kargil and Amba & Anirudh from Guild of the Goat, Delhi on the opening of the festival.
The days followed with some interesting talks by artists from Ladakh as well as those who came all the way from different parts of India. A seminar where scholars highlighted the cultural significance of birds in human lives to crucial issues focusing on their depleting numbers and damage to their habitats.
As a part of ‘Art for Conservation initiative’, artists also visited different schools, in the Leh area, to conduct workshops on birds, to educate young minds about the avian habitat of Ladakh and create awareness. A bird watching session was also organised where all bird enthusiasts spotted more than 10 different birds in the Shey wetlands just below the palace. The book ‘Hemis’, a fictional book based on Ladakh, was also launched at the Lehling Cafe.
The ‘Celebration of the Birds of Ladakh’ festival saw an overwhelming response. J&K Tourism, LEDeG, ALTOA, INTACH Ladakh Chapter & Frozen Himalaya have also extended their cooperation to the festival.