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KHOUR : The 7th SaMaPa Aalap Festival reached out to thousands at Khour, Rajouri and other venues in Jammu. Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts (SāMāPā), is presenting the 7th Annual ‘SaMaPa Aalap Festival’ in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) and Department of J and K Tourism, Jammu.
The second day of the festival featured Sufi vocal by the young Sufi songstress Ragini Rainu and Santoor recital by Santoor maestro and composer Abhay Rustum Sopori. Abhay and Ragini performed in a special concert at Higher Secondary School, Khour witnessed by around 10,000 people comprising of thousands of young students, local villagers and residents and other neighbouring parts. Tara Chand, Deputy CM was the Chief Guest at the occasion. Pt. Bhajan Sopori was also present at the occasion who was honoured by Dy. CM with a bouquet and memento in recognition of his tremendous contribution. The grand presentation was followed by another concert at the TRT Migrant Camp, Muthi on the second day of the SāMāPā Aalap Festival, where Abhay focused the need to attach music as a mainstream activity to every youth of the State. The concert was attended by a large number of music lovers.
The third day saw both Ragini Rainu and Abhay Rustum Sopori resonating Rajouri with Sufi and classical music. Abhay Rustum Sopori, who is credited for creating a new generation of music connoisseurs across the country bringing more recognition to the art and culture of the State of J&K at national and international level, presented Raga Basant Mukhari making the entire audience sing with him the notes of the Raga and the composition “Oothat Jiya”. He made the recital very energetic with beautiful rhythmic and melodic patterns. He was accompanied by Zakir Akhtar Hussain on Tabla. Ragini mesmerised the audience with her presentation while making the children sing Sufi compositions with her. She presented three Sufi Qualams of Baba Bulle Shah composed by Pandit Bhajan Sopori “Aukhe Pende Lambiya Rava Ishq Diyian”, “Ke Karda” and “Thaiya Thaiya”. She was accompanied by Zakir Akhtar on Tabla, Abid Hussain on Sarangi, Chanchal Singh on Dholak and Jagdeep Kour on Harmonium. The programme started with lighting of the lamp by Sajjad Tariq, Chairman of Tariq Education Society, Aman Deep, Vice Principal, Tariq College of Education, Ragini Rainu and other dignitaries followed by group songs by young students of the school. Sajjad Tariq appreciated the SāMāPā initiative of organising and proving the true educational values to children of far most areas of the country. Sanjeev Gupta, Programme Officer, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Rajouri presented the vote of thanks whereas Rima Bhargawa conducted the proceedings of the concert. Abhay said that the concerts at the far flung areas are part of the SaMaPa’s vision adding that the students have been so responsive that SāMāPā will always keep a session there every year. He thanked the J and K Academy of Art Culture and Languages for coordinating the function at Rajouri together with DPS, Rajouri. The concert was very well received by all and the young students were moved by the performance.