Vomedh leads a talent hunt at CUK

Ganderbal, July 29: Vomedh organized a talent hunt in conjunction with central university under the pagah project to promote Kashmiri culture and language at Tagore hall Srinagar on Friday.

The Talent Hunt auditions took place at Ganderbal University Central Campus on July 27th and the Talent Hunt finalists were showcased in a glittering cultural function.

The event, which was well attended by a cross section of young people, witnessed mesmerizing song and dance performances by up-and-coming and talented young artists. Prof. M. Afzal Zargar, Registrar of Central University of Kashmir was the guest of honor on the occasion. Renowned actor and director AyashArif was the guest on the occasion.

In his address, Prof. M. Afzal Zargar, the chief guest on the occasion, called the collaboration between Vomedh and Central University of Kashmir an important step towards connecting young people to culture and roots.

“Vomedh being an expert in this field brings a lot of strategic and tactical experience which helped us run these events very smoothly. We are keen to take this association with Vomedh forward in other facets of language and culture preservation,” said Professor Zargar.

The program began with the congratulations of the guests followed by the welcome speech of President Vomedh Rohit Bhat. “The Pagah project took off as a Kashmiri language promotion initiative earlier this year and has been very well received. Now is the time to connect young people with Pagah. Without the commitment and participation of young people, any language or culture initiative cannot succeed. Pagah Youth Connect will be a series of events that primarily connect and engage young people. The main objective will be the spread of love for the language and culture of Kashmir. Moreover, the focus will be to give a platform to upcoming and promising artists and the language will be Kashmir. I am also grateful to GulfamBarji for all the coordination and support of this collaboration,” he said.

The auditions saw a good turnout of over 50 students with 6 from each of the singing and dancing categories finalized to showcase talents in today’s cultural spectacle. The singing and dancing performances of the young and talented artists mesmerized the audience.

The variety of genres and the finesse of Kashmir’s lyrics won the hearts of the public and demonstrated that there is no shortage of talent among young people. Renowned musicians Pt. KrishenLangoo and Sanam Sajad served on the vocal jury while renowned choreographer Sunny Mujoo judged the dances. Finalists for dance were Mehar Khanam, AanishFayaz, Amir Khalid, Sunita, Masrat Jabeen, Siyan and for vocals were Sajad Ahmad Chadnoo, Aqib Bashir, Rizwan Yaqoob, Ajaz Ahmad, Ashiq Rasool, Kurshid Ahmed. A Marnoprant play was also performed and performed by Shazi Khan and Puneet Jai Bali.

The very intense piece was directed and improvised by Shazi Khan and written by Surinder Verma. AyashArif also applauded Vomedh for his initiatives through J&K. “Vomedh is a 14-year-old leading cultural organization from J&K. She has hundreds of theater performances, dozens of cultural events and the feat of organizing the Jammu Film Festival to her credit. I think the Youth Connect program is an indispensable platform and I commend Vomedh for this initiative,” he said.

The event ended with congratulations and the distribution of prizes and certificates. Rashid Nizami, a well-known J&K presenter who anchored almost all Vomedh events in the valley, also anchored this event very well. Manzoor Ahmad Mir, a well-known theater artist, presented the vote of thanks.

“We are committed to working for the preservation of our mother tongue, which is rapidly losing ground. Kashmir is no longer used as a first language in homes, and overall the language’s future looks very bleak. We announced the Pagah project this year on International Mother Language Day to work specifically on Kashmiri language preservation.

We will continue to do engaging programs under Project Pagah to move this initiative forward with the support of the people of the valley,” said Rakesh Roshan Bhat while explaining the thinking behind the event.

James C. Tibbs