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Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival is presented Dance and Music of Jammu and Kashmir from 5 - 10 November the  Meghdoot Theatre - I in the capital. This presentation was initiative by Sangeet Natak Akademi to support the artists of Jammu and Kashmir after the recent floods.

After the recent devastation in Jammu and Kashmir caused by the floods, the artists from the region
appealed to the Akademi seeking an opportunity to perform. They shared how the flood disrupted their lives and work. Besides losing their loved ones they also lost their costumes, musical instruments and their stage properties.

This presentation, with a view to reinstate the spirit of the artists and to connect them again to the mainstream audiences, was an initiative by Sangeet Natak Akademi to support the artists of Jammu and Kashmir after the recent floods. There are four groups with over 50 artists presenting dance, music and theatre of Jammu and Kashmir. These groups presented the regional art folk forms such as Bach Nagma, Aramen Pather, Bakarwal Pather, Dardh Pather, Damali, Assan Pather and Chhakri.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi specialises  in the performing arts of the country and  also renders advice and assistance to the Government of India in the task of formulating and implementing policies and programmes in the field. Additionally, the Akademi carries a part of the responsibilities of the state for fostering cultural contacts between various regions in India, and between India and the world.

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