Dec 7: Refurbished Abhinav Theatre opened at Jammu

The refurbished Abhinav Theatre at Jammu has been thrown open today nearly three months after the renovated Tagore Hall was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed at the summer capital. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh;   Minister for Minister for Finance, Labour & Employment and Culture Haseeb A. Drabu; and secretary Cultural Academy Dr Aziz Hajeeni were also present on the occasion.

Referring to the state’s unique plurality and multicultural ethos, Mufti Sayeed, who is also the President of the Cultural Academy, called for institutionalizing cultural activities for its sustained promotion. “Cultural centres across the state must reflect confluence of different cultures which actually exist in our state,” he added. The Chief Minister referred to the prolonged strife in the state over the last three decades in which besides other sectors, cultural activities also became a big casualty. Dwelling upon the power of culture as a medium of learning, and underscoring the need to associate colleges and educational institutions with theatre and literary activities, the Chief Minister said the talent of youth has to be channelized towards a new awakening in the state which depicts brotherhood and mutual coexistence. “Music, linguistics and fine arts have to be taught as subjects in our educational system which will inculcate the importance of cultural and heritage in our lives,” he stated. Mufti Sayeed reiterated the need to initiate steps for establishment of a School of Sufiyana and Folk Music in Kashmir and another institution at Jammu on similar lines to preserve the cultural legacy and popularize it amongst our youth.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Culture, Drabu sought people’s participation in making these assets vibrant centres of cultural activity. He also hinted at firming up a calendar of cultural and literary events. “We are looking towards art lovers and culturally-conscience civil society towards creating an enabling environment for revival of cultural activities in the state,” he said.

A huge gathering of theater and literary lovers was seen on this occasion.

Report by: Ali Shaida, JK Desk, Srinagar (J&K), Dec 7, 2015,

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