Dy CM, Dr Nirmal Singh along with PHE Minister lighting a lamp during the programme at Basohli.
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KATHUA: Culture plays an important role in the development of any nation. It represents a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. Culture and creativity manifest themselves in almost all economic, social and other activities. A country as diverse as India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh said this during ‘Swami Vivekananda Jayanti Celebrations’ at Basohli.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary and Minister of State for Education, Tourism and Culture Priya Sethi were also present on the occasion. The function was organised by Vishwasthali – a Basohli-based NGO working to revive the dying Basohli art.
As many as 200 students from different schools of Pathankot, Jammu, Kathua, Samba and Udhampur participated in different events organised to mark Vivekananda Jayanti celebrations.
At the outset, Dr. Singh launched ‘Basohli Anthem’, a Tele-film to promote art, culture and heritage of Basohli besides attracting tourists. He said that it is a first of its kind initiative in Jammu region commenced in collaboration with Tourism department to promote world famous Basohli Paintings, Basholi Pashmina shawl and tourist attractions viz. Atal Setu and Ranjit Sagar Dam.
To increase the tourist foot fall in the region, DyCM announced that DPR for converting Lakhanpur-Dunnera road to National Highway has been prepared and will soon be submitted with the concerned department for early approval.
Sham Lal Choudhary highlighted the main events from the life of Swami Vivekananda and asked the youths to follow the teachings of the great spiritual leader.
Appealing youth to follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, Sham said that Vivekananda created history by his soul-stirring address at World Parliament of Religions in Chicago that still continues to inspire many a millions especially youth.
During her address, Priya Sethi appreciated the founder of Vishwasthali for organizing an impressive event to mark the 155th Birth anniversary of the social reformer, philosopher and great thinker Swami Vivekananda.
SSP Kathua, Suleman Choudhary; ADC Basohli, Sanjay Gupta; OSD with DyCM, Shakti Pathak; President of Vishwasthali NGO, Jagdish Brahmi; EO MC Basohli and prominent citizens in large numbers were present during the celebrations.
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