Jammu Tawi, April 28
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India celebrated the International Dance day here at Natrang Studio Theatre, Jammu featuring a day long programme of dances, deliberations, discussions and screening of films. ICCR Jammu chose to celebrate this world day with prime focus on the diverse dance traditions of Jammu & Kashmir. Amazingly, Jammu & Kashmir is the only state of the Indian union which offers immense variety of local dances. Starting from ‘Rouf’, ‘Bachhnagma’, ‘Kud’, ‘Fumaniyan’, ‘Jagarna’, ‘Gagel’ ‘Dandars’ to the dances in other regional languages of ‘Gojri’, ‘Pahari’, ‘Balti’, ‘Bhadarwahi’, the state of J&K offers unique dance forms like ‘Jabroo’ ‘Surahi dance’ ‘Shon dance’, ‘Koshan dance’ and ‘Yak dance’ of Ladakh.
Earlier Regional director of ICCR J&K, Balwant Thakur dwelt in detail about the importance of this International day and informed that International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it’s also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born. The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Those participated in the day long programme included Rakesh Kumar Kona, Sunny Mujoo, Simran Kaur, Khushi, Anil Sharma, Jyoti Kumari, Nikhil Manhas, Geetanjali Khajuria, Ruchika Khajuria, Razia Akhter, Bindia, Simran, Pallavi, Payal Bhau, Suneha Bhau, Neha Bhau, Radhika, Ashwani Sharma and Rachna.