J&K, Tamil Nadu Share A Timeless Bond: LG

(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)

Attends Vitasta Festival At Kalakshetra Foundation In Chennai

Chennai- The Union Territory Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said on Friday that there is a timeless bond between Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir and he believes that the Union Territory and the southern Indian state are eternally connected since time immemorial.

“Both the regions illumined the entire nation with intellectual brilliance & glorious tradition of peace & harmony”, Sinha said.

He made these remarks while addressing a gathering at the Vitasta Festival held at Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai on Saturday.

The 4-day festival, Sinha said, is the biggest celebration of J&K's culture, literary legacy, cuisine, arts & music and the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

“Events like Vitasta in Chennai open up the limitless world of literature, art, history, heritage and culture and encourage us to think and expand our horizon,” he added.

Underscoring the need to promote the rich history of Jammu Kashmir, music and social cultural tradition across the country through Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme, the LG said that different cultures and diversity of our country serve to enlighten society and throughout our history, have proved to be powerful instruments to strengthen our unity.

The LG expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for unlocking the power of diversity with the spirit of oneness.

He said continuous cultural exchanges are taking place among the youth of J&K and Tamil Nadu under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Programme exposing young generation to each other's language, literature, performing art, cuisine and traditional festivals,” he said.

“Union Territory of Jammu Kashmir, the northernmost state of the country is connected with Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of our great nation to really indicate the diversified culture and customs and spiritual link between Vitasta and Kaveri River,” Sinha said.

“The richness of our tradition lies in our diversity. From Kalhana to Vallathol, Thiruvalluvar to Lalleshwari and from Subramanya Bharti to Nund Rishi, we have been blessed with an unbroken lineage of great personalities who continue to inspire the nation,” he added.

Speaking on the traditional wisdom and cultural heritage shared by the two regions, the LG said that the creative expression of civilization rooted in Vitasta and Kaveri river always embraced the totality of human experience.

“Seekers from both Jammu Kashmir and Tamil Nadu have made enormous contribution to enrich this experience and by strengthening the literary and cultural heritage they have served the society well,” he added.

Sharing the changing scenario of the UT, the LG said that Jammu Kashmir has shown remarkable improvement on sustainable development goals which has been recognized by NITI Aayog, among other agencies.

On the occasion, the LG also paid homage to Smt Rukmini Devi, the founder of Kalakshetra Foundation.

Pertinently, the State of Tamil Nadu is paired with Jammu Kashmir under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Programme, which aims to integrate the nation culturally.

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