Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday spoke very high of State’s heritage, art and crafts describing these living celebrities telling ancient stories of a rich civilization and marvelous workmanship of the people of this heavenly beautiful land.
According to a government press release, Inaugurating two day Kashmir Heritage Exhibition in Lal Mandi on the bank of river Jehlum here, the Chief Minister said that the artists, craftsman, calligraphists, painters, artisans, musicians, writers, poets and scholars have depicted State’s cultural diversity living in unity, beautifully through their skill and craftsmanship.
Omar Abdullah said that the items of art, craft, costume, musical instruments, Manuscripts, archaeology, images, paintings, household items, photographs and other memorabilia placed in the exhibition organized by J&K Cultural Academy in association with Departments of Archives, Handicrafts and NGOs, are taking a viewer back to earlier periods of history and narrate the status of people in various fields of art and literature.
The Chief Minister highlighted the role of such exhibitions to make people in general and younger generation in particular aware of the State’s rich heritage, culture, literature and mesmerizing craftsmanship. “The people in old days despite so many short comings of resources and raw material have used locally available wood, willow, clay, zinc, copper, stone and other such objects artistically and wisely to produce artefacts of everlasting relevance”, he said and asked the Cultural Academy to organize more such exhibitions in the State at various places.
The Chief Minister asked the students to visit such exhibitions and enrich their knowledge of history, heritage, people, their status, life style and workmanship of highest quality.
The Meeras Sopore, National Bhand Theatre Wathoor and Nostalgic Kashmir have contributed in the exhibitions by providing items of historic importance.
The Secretary Cultural Academy, Khalid Bashir welcomed the Chief Minister who is also President of the Academy, at the exhibition. He explained the memorabilia displayed in the exhibition and presented resume of the new initiatives taken by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to preserve the State’s heritage and promote art, literature and culture and languages of the State.