50,000 visitors throng weekend spring festival at Badamvare

50,000 visitors throng weekend spring festival at Badamvare
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Want to see all historical parks in state as healthy interaction hubs: JK Bank Chairman

SRINAGAR: The Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed had formally inaugurated the ‘Spring Festival’ on Saturday by cutting the ceremonial ribbon in presence of Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Zonal Heads, Cluster Heads and other senior officers of the bank. Students of Vishwa Bharti School had lined entrance of the garden to welcome the CEO.
“Life begins anew in spring for almost every living thing on this planet. It is the season of dreams. It enlivens spirits and spawns possibilities,” said Parvez Ahmed after inaugurating the event. Badamvare is ensconced under the foot hills of Hari Parbat which overlooks the Srinagar city. It was under ruin until JK bank took over it and got it renovated, and then began to maintain it.
“We look forward to make Badamvaer an international tourist destination on the lines of the renowned Tulip Garden. Tulips, Almond blossoms and Mustard blossoms are salient symbols of spring in Kashmir and we shall aim at linking all the three along with snow in the hilly areas of valley for promotion of tourism industry in the state,” said Parvez.
“Development of this historical park is one of the major projects in Ecology and Heritage Preservation within JK under our CSR Program, and we would like to see all such historical parks and places in the state to become favourite and healthy interaction hubs for people so that they get some moments to relish and relieve themselves from the stressful situations of hectic modern life,” he added.
Chairman also visited the make-shift stalls established in Badamvaer and interacted with the stall-owners, artisans and craftsmen who had put some really good works of Kashmir arts and crafts at display on these stalls. The Chairman laid emphasis on adding value to the traditional handicrafts in line with the modern times, while purchasing some merchandise that was at display. Among the highlights at the stalls was the display of artifacts from Miras Mehal Museum Sopore, curated by Atiqa Banoo.
Later in the evening, Banks Presidents Muhammad Younis Pattoo and Rajni Saraf distributed mementos to the school children who competed in the stage performances. During the evenings, reputed singers like Abdul Rashid Hafiz, Waheed Jelani, Muneer A Mir, Manzoor Shah, Yaqoob and Mushtaq Saznawaz, Raja Bilal and his group besides local artists and bands enthralled the jam-packed audience at amphitheater with soul stirring music. The echoes of ‘once more’, ‘once more’ kept resonating across the amphitheater throughout the musical evenings.
After a formal vote of thanks by Zonal Head Karanjit Singh, the bank’s President Rajni Saraf concluded the festival formally on Sunday by distributing mementos to the school children who competed in the stage performances and expressing gratitude to the public for making the bank’s ‘Spring Festival’ a grand and memorable success.