JK to come up as major cultural tourism destination: MoS

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‘JKAACL to celebrate International Mother Tongue Day for 3 days’

JAMMU: To develop Jammu and Kashmir as a centre of cultural tourism, the government is taking ‘revolutionary’ initiatives to bring transformation in culture sector, this was stated by Minister of State for Education, Culture and Tourism, Priya Sethi on Friday.
The minister was speaking during the inaugural ceremony of 2 day Vasant Utsav 2018 organised by J&K Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages, Jammu (JKAACL) to celebrate Vasant Panchami at Abhinav Theatre here, read an official handout.
During her address, the minister said that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a unique bouquet of diverse culture and has a great potential to be developed as a hub for the cultural activities.
“Culture department is resolute to bring reformative changes in the culture sector and in doing so; several significant initiatives have been taken by the government to enhance culture tourism in the state”, the minister said.
The minister asked the artists to utilise their talent and skills to promote and showcase JK’s rich culture and contribute in boosting state’s tourism.
Stressing on the importance of nurturing the local talent, the minister said that it was imperative that the artists who are the flag-bearers of the rich cultural heritage of the state were supported.
“The government is resolute to work towards economic self-reliance of the artists to bring significant financial returns for artists and cultural practitioners,” she maintained.
Priya called for creating more platforms to promote local talent and further stressed on the need for skill development to produce more local content.
“Culture is fundamental for nation-building and social cohesion and art plays a decisive role in its preservation and promotion,” the minister said, adding that it is necessary to recognise the local talent and pave a platform for its display.
The minister desired to dedicate a studio equipped with latest technology and instruments to local budding artists, the handout read.
Priya asked the academy to collaborate with schools and colleges for organising programmes aiming at promoting the art and culture of the state. The minister also assured that government shall consider providing additional funds to the academy for organising more cultural events.
The minister appreciated the academy for nurturing the local talent through such events.
Speaking on the occasion, Secretary JKAACL, Dr Aziz Hajini informed that the International Mother Tongue Day to be observed on 21st February will be celebrated with festivity by the academy for 3 days across the state with more than 1000 artists from and outside the state coming together to mark the celebrations.

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