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LEH: A 5-day festival celebrating the Birds of Ladakh organised by the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation in collaboration with the Dara Shikoh Centre for the Arts and Paper ‘Chirrups’ concluded here on Tuesday.
Commencing from September 8, the celebration started with an enthralling performance by Kacho Ahmed Khan from Kargil and Amba and Anirudh from Guild of the Goat, Delhi on the opening of the festival. The days followed with some interesting talks by artists from Ladakh as well as those who came all the way from different parts of India.
A seminar was also held wherein scholars highlighted the cultural significance of birds in our lives to crucial issues focusing on their depleting numbers and damage to their habitats.
As a part of art for conservation initiative, artists also visited different schools, in the Leh area, to conduct workshops on birds, to educate young minds about the avian habitat of Ladakh and raise awareness. A bird watching session was also organised wherein all bird enthusiasts spotted more than 10 different birds in the Shey Wetlands just below the palace. The book ‘Hemis’, a fictional book based on Ladakh, was also launched at the Lehling Cafe.
The celebration of the Birds of Ladakh Festival saw an overwhelming response from many and we hope it will garner support for our winged friends who are an important of our lives. The festival was held with support from J&K Tourism, LEDeG, ALTOA, INTACH Ladakh Chapter and Frozen Himalaya.
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