STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: As a part of its special package programming for AIR stations in J&K, the Radio Kashmir Jammu organised ‘Rutt Raahde’ festival at village Batehra, Tehsil Jammu. The month-long traditional and folk festival of Duggar ‘Rutt Raahde’ is celebrated throughout Jammu region. It starts from 1st day of Aashad and culminates on 1st day of Sharavan of Bikrami Samvat. This cultural festival of Duggar is mainly a festival of girls and young married ladies. It starts with the sowing of Kharief seeds in pitcher necks, which are inserted into the ground and beautifully decorated with natural colours. The function, organised by Radio Kashmir Jammu to popularise Dogri Folk Culture, started with the welcome address by Renu Raina, Programme Head, Radio Kashmir Jammu. It was followed by planting of ‘Raahde’ and decorating their surroundings with Rangolis. Traditional folk songs related to Rut Raahde Festival were sung by folk artists Lajwanti and party, Chanchala Devi and party and Ashita Mehra and party. A group of girls and young ladies also displayed Run Playing. Dhyan Singh, President Duggar Sanskriti Sangam, Batehra Jammu and Mohan Singh, President Dogra Mandal Jammu expressed their views on the significance, relevance and importance of the month-long festival. The programme was conducted by Anjana Badyal, Programme Executive, Radio Kashmir Jammu while Pawan Khajuria, Programme Executive, Radio Kashmir Jammu was the overall Incharge of the event. Dhyan Singh thanked Radio Kashmir Jammu for the initiative and termed the festival as a major festival of womenfolk of Dogra region, which needs to be conserved and further popularised.
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