The creative writing workshop organized by Waruk, an organization striving to promote Creative Arts among youth, in collaboration with Department of Tourism and Settle Light Production concluded on Sunday which saw overwhelming response from the local youth. Around 60 participants worked together in groups for a month that had children as well as adults.
The workshop was inaugurated this month at Islamic Cultural Center, Nowhatta, Jamia Masjid by Director Tourism.
The second and the third edition of the workshops were later organized at Peerzu Island on the banks of river Jehlum.
Speaking at the concluding function, Director Tourism said organizing creative writing workshop helped local youth get in contact with the professional writers and artists who learnt many things during these workshops.
He said they received good response to the workshop with the participation of locals from diverse age-groups and districts.
“We are happy to see the participation of the youth from the districts like Pulwama, Bandipora, Islamabad, Baramulla and Srinagar which not only led people to discover each other better but also helped bridge the gap between the children and the elderly, the rural and the urban. “
Director Tourism said department strives to identify and promote budding and talented artists in their respective fields.
He said the department would organize more such workshops to explore the hidden talent of the youth.
The innovative workshop saw guest lecturers from Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Kashmir undertake training sessions of the participants that provided help in giving technical skills to the participants.
On the concluding function, the Director Tourism Kashmir also distributed certificates and mementoes to the participants and encouraged them to participate in such creative workshops.
He said the department wants to make the Islamic Cultural Center at Nawhatta more vibrant with more such workshops and local participation and bring forth their hidden talent.
Since its inauguration, the department organized calligraphy workshop, photography and creative writing workshop in which hundreds of the locals participated. The locals also appreciated the department for providing such facility at the heart of the old city.
The cultural center will have all information for locals and the tourists who want to visit old city and explore its cultural, historical and heritage importance.
Deputy Director Tourism Riyaz Beigh was also present during the workshops.
He said the events were historic and first of its kind because there are generally no workshops that have such a diverse participation.
Taha Mughal, the organizer of the event from Waruk team said many participants had many stories to say during the workshop.