Meeras - e - Kashmir
The University of Delhi organized the first chapter of a series of cultural events, “Meeras – e – Kashmir” in the series to be organized under the banner of “Cultural Flavours of India” showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of India. The event “Meeras–e–Kashmir” – the heritage of Kashmir - was held at Sir Shankar Lal Concert Hall of the University on 18th February 2020 and showcased the spirit, flavour and essence of Kashmiri culture.
The event was graced by Dr. Karan Singh, an eminent statesman, philanthropist and poet; Prof. Amitabh Mattoo, Professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament at the Jawaharlal Nehru University; Prof. Maharaj K. Pandit, a distinguished academician and Professor at the Department of Environmental Studies of the University; Pt. Bhajan Sopori, an internationally renowned exponent of Santoor.
Meeras –e–Kashmir showcased the soulful musical tradition of Kashmir. On this auspicious occasion, Pt. Bhajan Sopori enthralled the audience with his Santoor recital. His performance was followed by the rendition of Kashmiri folk songs by Dr. Sapna Kachroo, Shri Waseem Ahmed Bhat and Shri Mukesh Kumar. The cultural and musical programme was followed by serving of delicious Kashmiri cuisine to the guests. The event was attended by a large number of students of the University from all disciplines, especially those belonging to Kashmir, faculty members, officials and other invited guests.
On this gala occasion, Dr. Karan Singh outlined the essence of Kashmiri culture, heritage and the rich pursuit of traditional knowledge by various prominent saints from Kashmir. He enthralled the audience, especially the students with his oratory and urged them to follow the path of success through truthfulness and positive attitude. Other speakers also highlighted the richness of culture, heritage and spiritual pursuit of Kashmir and the importance of inculcation of Kashmiri culture in the national perspective.
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, in his address, said that like Delhi is the capital of India, India is the cultural capital of the world. He said that being the premier institution of India, onus is on us in academia to appreciate the importance of geographical location, natural beauty, culture, cuisine, tradition, literature of Kashmir. He urged all the academicians including the students to undertake quality research on issues which bring out the intrinsic beauty of Kashmiri culture before the world. An award of Rs. One lakh was announced for those academics and researchers from the University of Delhi who publish articles on Kashmiri culture and music in quality scopus indexed journals that bring out extra ordinary ideas for the overall development of Kashmir.
The University envisages many more such cultural events which will go a long way in reliving the national culture and heritage and will help in the holistic development of our student community.
University of Delhi
18th February, 2020