SRINAGAR: Noted music composer Abhay Rustum Sopori on Monday advocated for monthly honorarium from the government in favour of Kashmir based artistes suffering from financial instability. He was speaking on the conclusion of SaMaPa Aalap Festival, a musical journey conducted by his group across Kashmir Valley.
“Almost 300 artistes participated in the festival, the music concerts were performed at 16 venues around the valley,” Sopori, son of santoor musician Pandit Bhajan Sopori said.
He said the government must assist youngsters to attract them towards classical music.
“We reached out to almost 12,000 people including youth through this festival and 87 concerts were performed including one at the University of Kashmir,” Sopori said.
Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon said that Doordarshan Kendra in Srinagar suffered from lack of accountability and transparency. He said the mismanagement at DDK rendered the Center dysfunctional causing immense damage to preservation and promotion of culture.
The SaMaPa Aalap Festival was held in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and J&K Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages.
The 10-day festival began on March 16. Organisers said their aim was to identify the local musicians across the Kashmir valley and promote them at the national level.
Samoon said that artistes working with Doordarshan claimed the messy affairs of DD led to the worst condition of artists.
“I must abstain from delving into Doordarshan’s inner affairs or else I will spill the beans in public,” Samoon said.