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JKAACL hosts first ever musical evening featuring free verse of Prof. Lalit Mangotra

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JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages (JKAACL) organized its first-ever musical evening dedicated to the free verse poetry of Prof. Lalit Mangotra, President of Dogri Sanstha Jammu.
The event took place on Saturday at the Writers’ Club of JKAACL under the guidance of Bharat Singh, Secretary of JKAACL, bringing together a blend of poetic expression and musical artistry.
At the beginning of the event, Dr. Shahnawaz, Editor cum Cultural Officer, Gojri, JKAACL, extended welcome to the guests on behalf of Bharat Singh, Secretary, JKAACL. Following this, Prof. Lalit Mangotra shared his views about the event.
The evening was graced by the presence of Prof. R.D. Sharma, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jammu, who was the Chief Guest.
In his address, Prof. Sharma remarked, “Dr. Lalit Mangotra’s free verse captures the essence of our cultural heritage, and today’s musical evening is a testament to the power of art in bridging diverse expressions.”
Ashok Angurana presided over the function. He shared his insights, saying, “The amalgamation of free verse poetry with music not only enriches our cultural experience but also creates a new avenue for the appreciation of literary art.”
The evening featured captivating performances by singers Vanshika Jaral, Mukteshi Sharma, Aaditya Langeh, and Riaz Malik, whose voices brought the poetry to life.
They were adeptly supported by musicians Rakesh Jasotra on flute, Sunil Sharma on synthesizer, Amit Anand on tabla, Rajeev Sagotra on Dholak, and Jagmeet Singh on guitar. Prof. Mangotra’s free verse poetry soared on the musical wings provided by the eminent music composer Brij Mohan.The event proceedings were conducted by Raj Kumar Behrupiya.
The JKAACL continues to foster and promote the rich cultural tapestry of Jammu and Kashmir through such innovative and integrative events.

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