Baramulla: As Kashmir emerges from the shadow of COVID-19 & enters a new era of peace & development, we witnessed today a mega cultural extravaganza at Gulmarg. The snow clads mountains of Gulmarg has always been a major tourist attraction, & Army along with the J&K Tourism Department have come together to provide a platform to the local youths to showcase their talents, a statement issued here said.
The two days extravaganza was full of adventure activities & the highlight were Skiing, Snow mobile, ATV race & Snow cycling. Apart from this cultural performances by renowned artists of Kashmir mesmerised the audience with their spell bound performances. Display of local cuisines & handicrafts made the event more than perfect.
Bollywood came together in this endeavor & Arbaaz Khan along with Vidya Balan supported the efforts of Army & inspired the local talents. Other notable artists who made this event a mega success were Altmash Faridi, Aabid Aly, Shafi Sopori, Zubair Khan, Waseem Ahmed & Umer Rockband.
The event was organised after two years & aptly announced the re-opening of Kashmir to the world. Army has always maintained a great connect with the local people & this is yet another instance of Army supporting the aspirations of Awaam for a future of hope, prosperity & peace in the valley. The event is likely to provide a fillip to the tourism in the valley & support the Kashmiri people whose livelihood has been impacted adversely due to COVID pandemic.
The event concluded with a vote of thanks by the Chief Guest Major General Virendra Vats,Baramulla Division, where he congratulated everyone involved in the historic event & assured that Indian Army is committed towards endorsing the progress & prosperity of people of valley & will continue supporting the dreams & aspirations of all Kashmiri in all possible manner.