Releases maiden issue of ‘JK Music Initiative’

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Calls for launching interactive classes in Music in remote schools through Edusat

JAMMU: In a bid to promote folk music of Jammu and Kashmir, Advisor to Chief Minister Prof Amitabh Mattoo on Wednesday released the maiden issue of ‘JK Music Initiative – A Peer Reviewed Journal of Music’ here at Govt P G College for Women, Gandhi Nagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mattoo stressed upon the need to promote regional and folk music/instrument as a subject in line with regional/folk vocal studies for students to raise awareness besides getting students to actively partake in these fields for preservation of these traditional arts, a handout read.
He asked the concerned officers to evolve mechanism and schemes for promotion and preservation of classical, heritage and folk music and provide a forum for interaction among academicians and service sector, as a part of knowledge initiative.
He said that students should be involved at an early age and be made conscious of our cultural heritage. For this, he asked implementing agencies to take up installation of Edusat in educational institutions especially, those located in remote areas and start interactive classes in Music and its allied fields.
The advisor was informed that PG programme in Music is running various educational institutions in the state and the government is mulling to start the courses in Performing Arts in coordination with reputed institutions like National School of Drama and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Secretary Higher Education Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon said that the journal is a part of knowledge initiative undertaken with the idea to preserve the dying arts, dialects, oral traditions, vakhs and diverse arts forms in its pristine glory and originality, it added.