SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Shri Manoj Sinha inaugurated the ‘Chhau Parv’, a traditional dance form of West Bengal, Odisha, and Jharkhand at Tagore Hall, Srinagar, on Tuesday.

In his address, the Lt Governor lauded the endeavor of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, the country’s apex body of performing arts, in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages, for organizing the three-day festival, workshop, and seminar on Chhau Dances and folk dances of J&K to preserve and promote cultural diversity.

“In ancient times, Chhau was considered a war dance and an art form meant for the upliftment of the soul. The Chhau Parv aims to generate awareness about the aesthetic appeal of this rich tradition, nurture young talents, and strengthen the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’,” the Lt Governor said.

At the inaugural ceremony, the Lt Governor paid tributes to the Bhagwan Birsa Munda and remembered the immense contribution of the tribal icons in the freedom struggle of the country.

He also highlighted the efforts of the UT Administration, under the leadership of PM Modi, to revive the rich intangible heritage and folk culture of Jammu and Kashmir.


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