Athrot Charitable and Socio-cultural Society in association with Kashmiri Hindu Sabha, Pune organized a cultural program to showcase and connect the Kashmiri Pandits living in exile with their roots.

In its outreach to all the displaced Kashmiri pandit settlements located at various places in India, Athrot organized a mesmerizing and nostalgic cultural event on 19 November, Sunday in the city of Pune, with active support of KHS, Pune.

The eveny started with lighting of inaugural lamp by the Chief guest, Sulakhshana Dhar, Corporator, Padamshree Pran Krishan Koul, and renowned artist of community Kanwal Peshin of Athrot followed by pushp arpan to statue of Pt Tika Lal Taploo. A two minutes silence was also observed to condole the sad demise of mother of Mr J. Wali one of the founder members of KHS pune.

A bhajan presentation was performed by Kanya Lal Razdan, a noted singer leaving the audience spell bound, followed by a Power Point Presentation on Kailash Mansarovar yatra offering some valuable insight into various aspects of this most tedious pilgrimage.

A short Play ‘Dastaras Kar Reach’  written and directed by Kanwal Peshin full of humor and satire and equally high on a critical message for younger generation impressing upon them their duties towards their moorings. The play was enacted by Arvin Tickoo versatile actor, Anil Koul Chingari comedian and Kanwal Peshin, the play mesmerized all the people present in the hall creating a sense of nostalgia and connect with valley.

On this occasion, the film on life and teachings of Alakh Ishwari Mata Shri Roop Bhawani recently released in Jammu was screened to the jam packed audience.

An upcoming artist known for his blunt, blue and brilliant comedy Anil Koul Chingari left the audience gasping for breath with his verbally potent and physically eloquent comedic acts.

In his message Kanwal Peshin, a noted artist of the community holding the baton of cultural and social empowerment of community said, “Athrot is committed to uphold the cultural and social anchors of our community and establish the lost connect of progeny with roots.” added our culture is under grave threat of extinction and we must work at a war footing to save it.

In the end vote of thanks was presented by Sanjay Dhar Gen. Secretary of KHS Pune and presidential address was made by I K Koul of KHS. Corporator Sulakshana Dhar and Padmashree Pran Kishore Koul applauded the efforts of Athrot Charitable and Socio-cultural Society in showcasing the cultural and social moorings of the community.

Kanwal Peshin, Arvin Tickoo, Anil Koul Chingari and team thanked Rohit Ravi Bhat for showing faith in Athrot and providing Athrot team a chance to perform at Pune. Athrot felicitated the guests with traditional ‘Kenzi Khoss’ metal cup. The event was attended by major orgs like Yekjah KP, Y4PK, MILCHAR, Bhagwan Gopinath ji Ashram Trust, Pune and other prominent KPs living in Pune.


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