ICCR hosting musical concert ‘Sangam’ under Horizon series

Artists being welcomed by the dignitaries at ‘Sangam’ in Jammu on Tuesday. Aman

Jammu: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Regional Office, Jammu and Kashmir showcased an unique mega musical concert of local flavour “Sangam” (Union of Ethos, Kashmiri, Dogri, Gojri, Punjabi folk songs) by a group of renowned artists from Vomedh led by Rohit Bhat under “Horizon Series” on Tuesday.
A galaxy of artists and music lovers witnessed the spectacular show with a great zeal and enthusiasm.
The programme started with a lighting of lamp performed by the Chief Guest N K Shil, Regional Director ICCR & Regional Passport Officer and other distinguished notables present there.
Thereafter, artists and Chief Guest was cordially felicitated with presentation of bouquet by Regional Director, ICCR Jammu.
Welcoming the guests, N K Shil, Regional Director, ICCR and Regional Passport Officer, Jammu informed that ICCR being a cultural wing of MEA basically wants to enhance India’s soft diplomatic power worldwide and boost India’s skills of cultural diplomacy as well as to bring the entire nation together through cultural and educational initiatives/exchanges.
With that primary objective in mind, ICCR tries to develop and strengthen inter-cultural bond, enhance mutual understanding and promote harmonious relationships between India and other countries and its people through such cultural and educational initiatives.
He also emphasised to encourage all stakeholders to exchange culture with each other to know each other’s perspective well and peaceful co-existence in our multicultural society within the country.
At the same time, ICCR makes effort to promote local art and culture, and budding artists in the field of art, music, dance, drama by providing opportunity to them for showcasing their talent, said by Shil.
He also told the gathering that guided by the above idea, ICCR Regional Office Jammu was set up in May 2012 and since its inception, among many other cultural and educational activities, it continues to hold atleast a cultural programme every month under its horizon series with the idea to promote So far it has organized 113 such spectacular programmes and for that ICCR sponsors cultural troupes, scholars and students.
Raman Suri, on the occasion complimented the efforts of ICCR in promoting communal amity and brotherhood in the society, and preserving the ethnically rich composite culture of J&K UT and harnessing the local talent.