J&K be the cultural capital of country:Sopori

Jammu, February 05 (Scoop News) –   Listening to the songs by Ashwani Kumar, Abhimanyu, Jasmine Kaur, Jasminder Kaur and many other students of Maharaja Surajmal Institute of Education and Research, Rangpur Maulania, RS Pora border, Santoor Maestro & Music Composer Abhay Rustum Sopori was overwhelmed with the talent in the young children. Though the rainy night postponed the music concert which was to be held in the open lawns of the institute, but Abhay Sopori made a point to speak to the children who had been eagerly waiting for the Annual concert. The students expressed their keen interest created in music and thanked SaMaPa and Abhay for planting the musical seed in them. A young student also said that they were missing Abhay and wanted to learn more from him. While promising the best that can be offered in music will be tried by SaMaPa, Abhay urged the students to do the best in their formal studies. He promised that J&K will be the cultural capital of the country in due course of time, which is the dream of Pandit Bhajan Sopori, the music legend hailed as the cultural bridge of J&K and the country. Founder of the Institute Sushil Choudhri expressed his gratitude to Abhay for taking time and speaking to the young children despite the programme being postponed due to bad weather.


The 7th edition of the ongoing SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2012 is being presented by Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts (SaMaPa) in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Deptt. of Tourism, J&K.


SaMaPa Aalap, the premium classical, Sufi and folk music festival of Jammu and Kashmir, featured a special concert on the Day 9 of the festival at the Namdhari Dharamshala, Jammu. SaMaPa Aalap has been significant in revolutionizing the cultural scenario in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The festival acts like a musical balm creating cultural awareness and new avenues for the younger generation to come forward with career in the field of music. Keeping this in mind and seeking the blessings of Sri Sat Guruji, the programme commenced with a brief recital by young children from Jammu who have been learning music for the last few years namely Hakam Singh, Rigini and Roopam on Dilruba accompanied by Chanchal Singh on Tabla who presented Raga Bhimpalasi. This was followed by Sitar recital by Mohsin Ali Khan and his son Mehtab who presented Raga Jhinjhoti. Commencing the recital with Aalap and Jod, they presented various compositions in Jhaptaal, Ektaal and Teentaal. they were accompanied by Sarit Das on Tabla. A large number of music connoisseurs attended the concert and were mesmerized with the concert. Suba Sukhdev Singh, Head of the Namdhari Sangat, Jammu and Sardar Karam Singh, President of the Sangat felicitated Abhay Rustum Sopori and the performing musicians with bouquets and mementos. The President of the Sangat hailed the efforts of SaMaPa and Sopori family for reviving the cultural scenario in the State creating a new generation of music connoisseurs and performers. Sardar Amar Singh Kuka, Senior Namdhari writer & poet presented the Vote of thanks. Abhay Sopori expressed his gratitude to all who have made the festival a success and also thanked the Sangat for being a part of the SaMaPa movement in preserving the cultural identity of the State and country. Abhay also thanked Nami Dogri Sanstha (Youth) & Harish Kaila for the cooperation in organizing the concert at Montessorie School earlier. Eminent musicologist and music critic Pt. Vijay Shankar Mishra, well know Sufi Singer Ragini Rainu, musicians Charan Singh, Sajjad Ahmed, Abid Hussain, Vidushi Uma Garg and members of SaMaPa including Prof. Parveen Sabarwal & Smt. Jagdeep Kaur were also present on the occasion.