Glimpses of paradise

Get a crash course on Kashmiri culture and tradition at the 7th Khusboo-e-Kashmir Festival

"Pune has the most positive attitude towards Kashmiri culture, tradition and art," says Sanjay Nahar, President, Sarhad Pune, an international social, cultural and educational organisation dedicated to the development of Kashmir.

Kashmiri dancers will perform at Khusboo-e-Kashmir at Shaniwarwada
grounds on February 6

Sarhad Pune, in association with Arihant Education Foundation, has organised a three-day programme to showcase various forms of Kashmiri art and the rich culture of the state which is known as 'paradise on earth'.

The festival will be inaugurated by Narinder Nath Vohra, governor of Jammu and Kashmir, who will be felicitating young entrepreneurs for doing commendable work in Kashmir. The auditorium at Mukund Nagar will host a cultural programme featuring performances by Immerson, the first Kashmiri Rock band and other young natives of the state performing traditional folk dances such as the Dumhal and Rouff.

The second day of the festival is dedicated to the literature of Kashmir. There will be recitals of Kashmiri poetry and prose compositions at Navi Peth. Drop in for an exclusive interview session with celebrated poet Naseem ShafaiĀ  and other renowned names in Indian literature.

"Most people connect Kashmir to a state torn with terrorism and devastation. But even then, it remains one of the most beautiful places in the world, so people call it heaven on earth," says Shailesh Pagariya, President, Arihant Foundation.

"Like the nation it belongs to, Kashmir too has a rich heritage of its own. It is important for us to look beyond the dusty surface and see the true beauty of Kashmir," he adds, as he explains that the festival encourages neighbouring states to lend a helping hand to Kashmir for its growth and development.

The third day of the festival will feature an evening of fun and frolic on the grounds at Shaniwarwada. The festivities will include music, dance and Ghazal performances by guest artists from Kashmir.

Till: February 5, 8 pm onwards
At: 3D Destination, Mukund Nagar on Feb 3, Pune Smramik Patrakar Sangh, Navi Peth on Feb 4, Shaniwarwada grounds on Feb 5

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