SRINAGAR: The first ever three-day festival ‘Meharjaan Ramadan’ organised by Jammu Kashmir Association of Haj and Umrah Companies commenced in SKICC auditorium here Thursday.
The festival saw participation of 52 contestants on the opening day. Participants from various districts exhibited their skills in Naat, Qirat and Azaan competitions.
According to the organisers the event focuses on modesty, drug de-addiction, negation of suicidal tendencies and imparting Islamic education among kids.
The festival’s organiser Sheikh Feroz Ahmed said that more than 150 participants will join the event. Asked how the participants were selected, he said auditions were held through phones, and candidates got selected on the spot.
On the first day, Qari Sajjad of Darul Uloom Bilaliya judged the performances. Ghulam Hassan Gamgheen will be the judge on the second day and on the final day Maulana Arshid Nadwi, chairman Al-Noor Education Trust, will judge the performances, said Feroz.
The aim of the festival is to promote the local talent and support them, Feroz told Kashmir Reader.
“We don’t have only students or people from Darul Ulooms. We also have students from other private and government schools. This will encourage them to showcase their talent on Naat, Qirat and Azaan,” he said.
Justice (retired) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani presented the keynote address on the inaugural day.
Various speakers spoke about “social evils prevailing in Kashmiri society like drug addiction, dowry and suicides.”
Later cash prizes and certificates were distributed amongst the participants.
Those who were present on the occasion included Mufti Nazir Ahmad, Mufti Amjad, Abdul Latief Alkindi, poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Prof G R Malik, Dr Mushtaq Margoob, columnist Ajaz ul Haque, chairman Urban Travel Agents Association (UKTA) Umar Mukhtar, chairman Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance Faiz Ahmad Bakshi, president Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants (KHARA) Showkat Choudhary, president Houseboat Owners Association Mohammad Yusuf Chapri, president TAAK Peerzada Fayaz Ahmad, retired Chief Conservator Forests Abdul Rashid Wani, and various religious scholars.