This programme was conducted by the Embassy of India in association with the club. This event was graced by H E Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Ambassador to Oman, and by Sheikh Sultan Ali Ahmed al Hadari, chairman, Entrepreneurs Club of Dhofar governorate, and member of the Board of Oman Chamber of Commerce, Dhofar region, and chairman, Transport Committee, OCCI as the chief guest. A large number of Omanis and other expatriate community members attended this event. Chairman Manpreet Singh while welcoming H E Pandey, the chief guest and the audience said that the Jammu and Kashmir folk dance and songs programme is the last event that is being showcased through the Festival of India.
H E Pandey addressed the audience and said that in future, the Indian Embassy will host the Food Festival introducing the rare and less-known Indian culinary delights.
He said that all the events showcased as part of the Festival of India had got a huge response from all the nationalities living in Oman. Referring to the Jammu and Kashmir folk music and dance, he said that the troupe's performance had been appreciated well wherever the event was presented in and around Muscat.
The Jammu and Kashmir folk dance troupe was led by renowned Kashmiri singer, Gulzar Ahmed Ganei along with Zulekha Bano. They presented Sufi songs and many songs and dances performed on special occasions like festivals and weddings.
Their colourful costumes and their style of dancing to the accompaniment of songs sung melodiously by Ganaei and Zulekha received a loud applause from the audience.
The programme was compered by Dr Khadernawaz Khan, general secretary of Indian Social Club. The J&K folk music and dance was designed and choreographed by Ravindra Kumar Sharma, program officer, Cultural Centre, Patiala, India.
Singh presented a bouquet and memento to H E Pandey and H E Pandey presented a memento to the chief guest. The chief guest and the ambassador presented mementoes to all the artists.