KARGIL: Chairman Legislative Council Anayat Ali inaugurated Zanskar folk festival at Dak Bungalow Padum on Saturday.
The festival was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) Kargil and All India Radio (AIR) Kargil in which around 200 artists from Zanskar sub-division and different parts of Kargil and Leh districts presented their folk music and dance forms.
Ali while appreciating the efforts of the organizers, expressed hope that the step will go a long in reiterating the importance of the preservation and promotion of the various folk music and dance forms of Ladakh region with particular reference to Zanskar valley.
He said that apart from folk music and dance forms, cultural ethos of communal harmony, humility, brotherhood, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence need to be practised and endorsed which forms the essence of the multiethnic culture of the region.
Ali urged upon JKAACL and AIR to take further steps in organizing similar cultural exchange programmes in other parts of Leh and Kargil districts which he said will help in further strengthening the bonds of communal harmony in the region.