Leh (Ladakh), March 4 – To encourage and support people interested in playing traditional music, The J&K Cultural Academy, Leh today organized “The four days workshop on Traditional Ladakhi Music Surna” (Shehnai) . on the occasion some renowned and numbers of Sunra Artists of traditional musician community of different section of Ladakh participated at Academy Hall Leh today with a scintillating musical show.
Welcoming the guests, trainees and master trainers, the Special Officer for Culture, G1 Sh. Tsewang Paljor briefed the significance of this workshop. He said that musician community of Ladakh since from the centuries have been contributing a lot to maintain the richness of traditional music upto this date saying that this particular community is the only hope to carry forward the musical traditions of Ladakh to our posterity. He described the culture of Ladakh region as being very rich, which needed to highlighted and promoted for the benefit of the youth. He underline the need to spread awareness about the rich ethos, history, amity in diversity, He further assured the people of Ladakh that their rich language culture & traditions would be promoted and protected at all cost. This workshop mainly organized to aim of promoting awareness among youth of ladakh region about the traditional, art and culture of the region. Teaching them folk music surna and other traditional music is a part of cultural academy programme. On the occasion Padmee Shri Morup Namgial and Sh Ali Mohd (Renowen Surna Muscian) was Chief Guest and Guest of Honor cum expert on the occasion.
Welcoming the four days workshop, the Padmee Shri Morup Namgial appreciated J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Language, Leh for conducting such an essential training to the Ladakhi Muscians who are determine to nourish the traditional music of Ladakh and would play a great role to pass on this musical knowledge to our coming generations. He urged upon the musician community to give more focus on the education of their children along with parallel musical skill to them. He further said that the Cultural Academy to launch massive awareness camps in every nook and corners of Leh district to educate the people about the significance of culture, use of traditional costume, language so that Ladakh in the real sense represent as a well cultured region to the world.
On the occasion Sh. Ali Mohd (Renowen Surna Muscian) who was the guest of honor on the occasion said that it is prime responsibility of every Ladakhis to protect and conserve our rich traditional and cultural values. He urged upon the community of musicians to encourage their unemployed youth to take their traditional practices seriously as a professional as it has now growing demand especially during summer. spoke on the occasion and urged for collective efforts to preserve and promote the musical importance.
The Workshop cum Tanning started from today on 4th March 2013 to 8th March 20013 at Academy Hall, Leh. The programme was conducted by Sh. Tundup Dorjey, Research Assistant.