For showcasing the rich classical music of Jammu and Kashmir on the international arena, SaMaPa, HMV and Take 1 TV took the first step launching three Kashmiri and Dogri albums on Wednesday.
The albums 'Shehjar', 'Aalav' and 'Runjun' include the songs of renowned Kashmiri singer and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's wife Shamima Azad. This marked an end of three decades of wait for admirers of her songs.
Shamima Azad had recently also lent her voice to a patriotic song 'Mauj Kasheer' which was an instant hit among the masses of all generations in the state.
Governor SK Sinha who was the chief guest on the occasion, released the music albums on behalf of the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts (SaMaPa), SaReGaMa HMV and Take 1 TV.
The release of music albums is a giant leap in the entertainment, art and culture industry of the conflict-hit state. The industry suffered heavily during the last 17 years of armed insurgency.
In the early nineties the terrorist outfit 'All Tigers' ensured the closure of entertainment houses like cinema halls in the Valley and lately the satellite television operators in the state received threats from time to time to wind up the services they were offering.
On the occasion, Sinha said what Kundal Lal Sehgal and Mallika Pukhraj had done to the Indian music by bringing recognition to it at the world stage the three generations of the Sopori clan had done to the state music.
On behalf of the people of Kishtwar, Sinha also presented a memento to Shamima Azad for her outstanding work to the state music.
Managing Director Take 1 TV Devinder Singh Rana talked of the debate, which had started in 1901 at the first Noble Prize awards ceremony creating a dichotomy on whether creative creations needed creativity or a creative environment.