A cultural extravaganza from J and K

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A three-day programme showcasing the handicrafts and folk art of Jammu and Kashmir, “Yuva Kriti”, was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, M. S. Gill, at Dilli Haat in Pitampura here on Saturday.

Dr. Gill presented awards to three youngsters, Kapil, Radha and Girish, for their contributions at the State level.

The programme, organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, focuses on the cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir through the folk art and handicrafts that have been put on display at 28 stalls in the Haat.

More than 100 young men and women are taking part in the cultural extravaganza, comprising exhibitions and interactions with renowned personalities.

According to the organisers, the programme is aimed at providing a forum to the youth from the troubled State to showcase their unique handicrafts and cultural traditions. It also strives to update and improve the vocational skills of the rural youth to help them enhance their income, better their productivity and learn new skills. Performances by artistes from Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir are an added attraction at the show. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan is a leading youth organisation that functions as an implementing agency for several government and non-government organisations and organises development activities for the youth.

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