‘Ateqaad’ awards best Naat Khwans of Kashmir

SRINAGAR: the finale of ‘Ateqaad’, an initiative to search the best Naat Khwans of Kashmir, concluded on Monday with crowing of best three participants.
Amjad Hussain, a 5th standard student from Magam, grabbed the first position and received an award of Rs 23,000. The first runner up was Ambreen Khan from Pakharpura who was given Rs 13000. The second runner up, Aaqib Gul from Chadoora collected a cheque worth rupees 7000.
“I have won all the awards where ever i have performed. But getting an award at this platform means a different thing,” Amjad said.
“Reciting Naat is my passion, but unfortunately I cannot pick it up as my profession like it happens in other Muslim states,” he said.
Ateqaad, a naat competition which was organised by Islamic Research Institute, had held auditions in different districts of Kashmir in June to search for the best talent.
“This is the first time we have had such sort of an event in Srinagar, and there will be more in future. The purpose of the initiative is to incorporate religious and moral values among youth,” said Dr Qazi Ahmed Yasir, organiser of the event.
“Today’s youth give less importance to religious activities and more to other extracurricular activities .They should participate in both,” he said