In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, traditional and cultural activities in the Kashmir valley are slowly picking up after a long gap due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.
In order to promote the rich culture and tradition of Kashmir, several local artists and groups have organized events in the valley after the J&K government allowed sports and cultural activities to restart.
The ‘Gulshan Culture Forum’ organized a two-day cultural event that attracted a significant number of people to their program. The event, held at Kunzar town hall of Tangmarg Baramulla, witnessed energetic performances including folk singing and short skits by talented artists.
“We’re happy that the J-K administration has allowed the revival of cultural and sporting activities because the lockdown has caused a huge void in the past few months. People want to come out and spend leisure time indulging in traditional activities. We organized the two-day event keeping in mind the rich culture of Kashmir,” said Gulshan Badarni, event organizer.
“It was a joy to perform for the people of our valley after such a long time. I’m thankful to the forum as well as the J-K administration for restarting such activities in the valley,” said Manzoor-ul- Haq, a folk artist.
Many members of the audience felt that the younger generation would get an insight into Kashmir’s rich past, tradition, and cultural activities through such initiatives.
“Such events are a strong reminder of our inception. It helps the younger generation stay in touch with their traditional roots,” Masroor Muzzafar a local audience member said.
“We should give credits to the Gulshan Culture Forum for bringing together the rich Kashmiri culture through such unique and entertaining performances,” Reyaz Rabbani another local said.