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No platform to showcase talent in JK: Valley Artists

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Say local languages being ignored by Doordarshan

Srinagar: The Valley artists on Wednesday lashed out at the State government for failing to set up Kashmir’s own film industry, saying that there is no platform available for the artists to showcase their talent at local level.
Addressing a press conference, president of J&K Radio and Doordarshan Performing Artists and Freelance Producers and Directors Association, Tariq Javeed said that there is no platform available for the artists to showcase their talent in the State.
He said that the presser was called today to highlight the problems being faced by artist community in the State.
Tariq Javeed said that the valley artists are facing several hardships and said that there is a need of setting up Kashmir’s own film industry. He added that there is a threat of losing the local languages and culture to foreign programmes.
“Many artists of our valley have made a name of themselves in the Indian film industry, however, they have no platform available locally to showcase their talents,” he said.
The participants who were accompanying Tariq include Ashraf Shawl, ParvaizMasoodi, Mushtaque Ali Ahmed Khan, MushtaqBala, QaziFaiz, GulJaveed, AltafHussain, Raja Majeed, Sheikh Haneef, ZahoorZaidi, FarooqAfaaq, Manzoor Malik, MushtaqBaqal, Ayoub Khan, ArshadMushtaq, HaamidBala and ShowkatUsman.
The Association as per the statement issued here was started in 1972 to promote professionals associated with Radio, Doordarshan and films in the state and highlight their genuine problems before the concerned departments.
The Association worked towards the promotion of local languages including Kashmiri, Dogri, Pahari, Gojri and Ladakhi. It strongly advocated the use and promotion of these languages through the medium of television and film industry.
It highlighted the grievances of the artists associated with Doordarshan Srinagar and Radio Kashmir.
The artists also stressed that genuine and hard earned payments of many artists have not been released for the last 10 years by Doordarshan Kendra and as a result these artists are facing great financial troubles.
“Work and programmes for local artists have been stopped Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar and Kashir channel,” they said, adding that artists associated with the channel as such have been left without any work.
Strongly criticizing the policies adopted by Doordarshan Kendra Delhi and Srinagar, the association condemned “the fact that our local languages and programmes depicting our state’s culture are being ignored and instead non-local programmes and films irrelevant to Kashmir’s culture are being broadcasted on Kashir Channel round the clock and huge sums of money are being paid to people outside the state.”
They however said, artists and film makers from the valley have no source of livelihood.
The Association while welcoming Mass Communication graduates as its significant part, stated that highly educated youngsters who qualify degrees in mass communications and film making have no avenues available in the state to grow and state government and concerned departments pay no heed to their needs.
The Association later urged Governor of the state and authorities associated with Radio, Doordarshan, department of information, film division and Directorate of Doordarshan at New Delhi to take these issues seriously and find a solution for these through a collaborated effort with the artists of the Valley.
At the conclusion Advocate Sheikh RizwanJaveed, advocate J&K high court was nominated as the legal advisor of the Association.


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