The beautiful evening of Shirin – Saaz Te Awaaz
Culture relived in abode of God’s what we locally call “Peer Waer” through Shirin- Saaz Te Awaaz….
Beautifully said by Lal Ded
“You are the heaven and you are the earth,
you are the day and you are the night,
you are all pervading air, you are the sacred offering of rise & flowers and of water,
you are yourself all in all what can I offer you?”
But at DPS Srinagar we have just made a small beginning by offering our youth…. Shirin – Saaz te Awaaz.
The connect of the two our generation and our forgotten old beautiful culture and tradition. In this connect we held a music competition of numberless schools of our valley from 17 August 2015 to 19 September 2015. And we were pleasantly surprised to have 200 schools participating in this event including both govt and private institutions of the valley. It was a dream come true for the management and administration of D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust as this was our long lived dream to do something for our valley so that its beautiful heritage never fades said one of the organisers and publicity in-charge of the event Ms Taranum Sayed. The competition went on and finally reached its grand finale on 19th September 2015 where nine teams competed with each other. The venue was DPS Srinagar itself in the midst of beautiful mountains the stage was set for the performances which was never the less a sight to remember. A home…. we we might have seen in pictures in which our great ancestors would have lived and we could only imagine to live. A structure made of pacchi barr (wood) with roof of golden grass. It was the breathtaking sight for the audience as well as the guests and participants. Around nine thousand people witnessed the rocking performances of the participating teams which left the audience spellbound. Every team performed whole heartedly giving their best in all the three rounds. After the scintillating performances the whole ambience was transformed and grabbed everybody’s attention.
Abhay Rustum Sopori (Santoor Maestro & Music Composer) gave the soothing performance and also sang few beautiful folk songs which mesmerised the audience.
Governor N.N. Vohra and First Lady Usha Vohra were guests of honor and Haseeb Drabu, Minister for Finance and Culture, Mohammad Ashraf Mir Hon’ble Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Power Development and Housing & Urban Development, Dr. Asgar Samoon Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and many dignitories were among guests.
Governor in his address to the audience said in my seven years of stay in Jammu & Kashmir i have never witnessed the programme of this scale where students have participated from such far flung areas showcasing their talent and hard work. He also said I was surprised to see such number of girl students participating, which is a matter of pride for all of us. He also appreciated the efforts of the DPS management for promoting the Kashmiri culture. Governor said that events of this scale would provide a most welcome opportunity to the young boys and girls of the Valley to display their high potential in the arena of music and arts and also give them the confidence to perform in public programmes, adding to their personality development.
The Governor complimented, Vijay Dhar, Chairman DPS and D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust, for his initiative to organize such a wonderful programme, involving the children of over 200 schools, which is first of its kind in the Valley and provided an excellent opportunity to hundreds of school children to exhibit their talents.
The Governor urged Mr. Drabu to consider providing suitable support for budding artists being provided appropriate opportunities for developing their talents. In this context he suggested that perhaps the J&K Tableau at the next Republic Day parade could be a presentation of our talented youth. He also urged the media to allocate special space for reflecting the achievements and encouraging the youth of the State.
Mr. Drabu in his address to the audience congratulated and appreciated the efforts of D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust to organise such a mega event. He also said he was moved by the performances of children who sang so beautifully reflecting the souls of great poets through their singing.
The judges who compiled final results were Dr. Aziz Hajini Secretary J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages, Mr. Waheed Jeelani famous Singer, Mr. Abhay Rustum Sopori famous Santoor Maestro & Music Composer, Mr. Aijaz Sahir famous singer and Mr. Kifayat Faheem head DPS music department.
The First Lady presented awards to the first three winners of the finale, complimented them on their success and wished them a bright future. Mr. Drabu gave away the consolation prizes.
The participants of the final include, DMPS Pampore, Dream Land Educational Institute, Ganderbal, Govt. Boys High School Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Rajbagh, Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Bandipora, Govt. High School Shadipora, Dr. AGM’s City School Nowgam, Srinagar, DPS, Budgam and Govt. Boys High School, Sadhoonara.
Govt. Boys High School, Sadhoonara was adjudged the best performer and awarded a trophy and first prize of Rs. 1 lakh, Govt. High School Shadipora won the second prize of Rs. 75,000 and New Dream Land Educational Institute, Ganderbal stood third and won Rs. 50,000.
Besides, consolation prizes of Rs. 50,000 were also distributed among the participants. The award money was sponsored by the Old World Culture of Delhi, Taksal Hospitality Pvt Ltd, J&K, D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust, Kiran Dhar and State Education Ministry.
At the end of the event Mr. Vijay Dhar lauded the principal, audience, judges, press, attendants, drivers and all the staff members who made this event possible after working tirelessly during the whole course of the event.