August 31, 2021 20:08 STI

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Aug 31 (ANI): A Jashn-e-Kashmir folk dance festival organized by Shah Qalandar Folk Theater, a local folk club, in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Culture, is currently underway.
The festival has played a big role in reviving the centuries-old folk dance culture in Jammu and Kashmir, as it has given a platform for folk dance and folk theater artists to show off their talent. It also aims to provide employment for folk artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival, which began on August 30, takes place with respect for Covid protocols and a limited audience at Tagore Hall here.

“Through this festival, art forms like Rouf, Damabli, Daastaan ​​have been given a platform. Artists have suffered huge losses due to COVID-19. Festivals like these will help the artist to earn his bread and find his lost job, “said Gulzar Ahmad Bhat, organizer of the festival.
Parvez Mir, an artist, singer and instrumentalist from Daastan. said the festival would raise awareness about their culture.
“For two years, we have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Such a festival takes place after two years. We are happy that this festival is organized, ”he said.

“In the past, radio and television were not so popular, which gave rise to folk theater and dance. Folk theater and dance played a huge role in entertaining people and highlighting their daily problems. we have a platform to showcase our talent. The advantage of this program is that it will raise awareness of our culture and that the artist will get work and employment through such festivals, ”added Parvez.
“The Jashn-e-Kashmir is helping artists who are currently in crisis. The administration must come up with an arts policy to provide artists with employment and livelihoods, as artists here have sacrificed a lot to keep the culture alive.” , said Abida. Haroon, who was present at Tagore Hall.

“The Kashmiri artist has a big role to play in keeping the peace here as they performed even in a tense environment. Such festivals will help revive the culture of folk dance as most of the participants are young people, ”Abida added.
Rayees Ahmad, a folk artist, said this festival is like a celebration for artists.
“This festival is like a ‘Jashn’ for us. There are over 100 artists who have shown the composite culture of Kashmir. This is the first time I watch such a festival where all have come together to present the art. and the culture of Jammu and Kashmir. We are fortunate that this is happening in Kashmir. Such festivals should be held more often. These festivals will raise awareness of the rich culture among the people of Kashmir, “he said. he declared. (ANI)