Innovation in Art
Innovation in Art attempts to draw attention to Dogri’s soft power through the medium of multiple art forms and creative expressions, thus ensuring the convergence of artistic brilliance from across the country on a common platform.
This year, the Trust brought to Jammu a unique cultural extravaganza that juxtaposed Dogri’s melody and verse with that of international sound, thus creating an exceptional showcase for music lovers. Be it an electrifying performance by renowned international artist Monika Dogra or unique exchange of ideas and art in a poetic symposium by young and celebrated poets like Ayushman Jamwal and Lalit Mangotra or enthralling musical act by Jammu’s sensation Siddharth Slathia, Innovation in Art celebrated the melody of Dogri like never before.
About Performances and Artists
Voice of Soldiers
Voice Of Soldiers is Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust’s unique initiative to explore & present the human side of our Nation’s Brave. It offers our young soldiers the opportunity to share the platform with renowned singers of India and perform live from the border posts.
But that’s just the beginning! The magic happens when we stream these performances live in the villages of each soldier for their families, friends and peers to watch. The same performance will be streamed live at other border posts for soldiers stationed at their respective posts. The aim is promote regional music and talent and create unique bonding between our Nation’s Brave through art innovation, talent and entertainment.
Monica Dogra is an American musician and actress with roots from Jammu. She has worked with top Bollywood directors like Kiran Rao, Farhaan Akhtar and Sabal Singh Shekhawat in critically acclaimed films like Dhobi Ghat, Rock On! and Fireflies. A singer par excellence, Monica has also done playback for films like Break Ke Baad- starring Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan; Inkaar – starring Arjun Rampal and Chitrangana Singh.
Ms. Dogra is also a member on the judging panel of India’s first English music talent show, The Stage where homegrown artists participate in a western music talent hunt to showcase their talent and win the top prize. Experts from the music industry like Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Ehsaan Noorani and Devraj Sanyal mentor and judge the contestants.
Monica has hosted four seasons of the music-Docu series “The Dewarists” that was nominated for a Cannes Lion. A musical television series on MTV India, the series is part music documentary and part travelogue. The show casts musicians from various parts of the world, collaborating to create original music while travelling across India. She also worked on the VICELAND Emmy nominated series “WOMAN” produced by Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist, and social political activist.
Rock it like Siddharth Salathia
A true son of the soil, Siddharth enthralled the audience with Dogri songs, written by Kunwar Viyogi along with some popular Hindi numbers at the event.
Siddharth Slathia, a trained classical singer and composer is a YouTube sensation with over 1 million subscribers. He is the only singer in India to have sung the cover version of song ‘Tum Hi Ho’ from film Ashiqui in 10 different styles.
Apart from opening for Salman Khan’s Dabaang Tour, Siddharth has also performed in the inaugural and closing ceremony of the prestigious Commonwealth Games 2018. A Jammu boy, Siddharth has collaborated with renowned Bollywood music directors like Salim-Sulaiman to record original compositions. Huffington Post has listed Siddharth as one of the 10 Indian origin singers on YouTube who are worth listening to on loop.
The feature reads: “Covers do not get better than this. Siddharth Slathia aspires to become a playback singer in Bollywood. He is a trained classical singer who not only performs covers of Hindi songs but has original compositions as well.”
‘Kavita Sangh Yaar Beli’
Poetry Jam with Friends is an initiative of Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust to unite poets of different languages, ages and communities in a unique exchange of ideas and art. Poets are encouraged to share their work and highlight their creative process that allows them to mine their souls.
‘Kavita Sangh Yaar Beli’ promotes expression that sheds light on the timeless human condition, spoken in different languages and imagined in different and vivid ways. Not only does it give a platform to a diverse group of artists, it builds bridges between writers, enlightening them with other cultural art forms and vision. The forum is a treat for writers, allowing them to hone their craft and expand their creative arsenal.
KVMT has organised symposiums in Jammu, Chandigarh and Delhi, with award winning writers as well as young, budding writers sharing the same stage. The Trust plans to take the creative confluence across the country, and empower artists with a platform powered by expression.
Ayushman Jamwal is a curator by choice, poet by heart and a journalist by profession. The multifaceted artist is winning hearts with his recent publication- ‘Silent Sun’- a collection of short poems that explores the human condition in the modern era through different eyes of humanity, onstant and elusive search for meaning in the absence of the struggle for survival. Ayushman’s first book – ‘Chameleon Lights’, released in 2016 featured among the top 10 best-selling books of English poetry on Amazon.
Presently working as a senior news editor at CNN-News18, New Delhi, Ayushman’s poems have also been composed into songs, performed by Kolkata’s famous minstrel Surjo Bhattacharjee. The young poet is also credited with creating a unique poetry showcase – “Kavita Sang Yaar Beli” that celebrates life and the power of verse. The showcase depicts how universal human aspiration and values transcend language and time. It was a unique effort to bring talented wordsmiths on a common platform and demonstrate the strength of expression.
Grandson of renowned Dogri litterateur and Sahitya Akademi Awardee Group Captain Randhir Singh, Ayushman is also the mentor of ‘Save the Language’ campaign, an initiative started by Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust to preserve and popularise the Dogri language. Apart from that he has curated two very successful shows – Cultural Cocktail and Innovation in Art, staged in Jammu, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Jaipur and Delhi.
Professor Lalit Mangotra
Professor Lalit Magotra, president of Dogri Sanstha and recipient of the 2011 Sahitya Akademi award is a prolific writer and a critique. Born in Jammu, Prof. Magotra has been conferred with the State Award by J&K Government for his outstanding contribution to Dogri language, literature and culture, and two of his books have been adjudged Best Books in Dogri by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages. He has been the Member of the Executive Board & General Council of Sahitya Akademi, Convener, and Advisory Board for Dogri Language, and Convener of Board of North Indian Languages of Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Also a member of Central Committee of J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, he has been the recipient of Senior Fellowship in Literature of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.
- Event Place :
Gen. Zorawar Singh Auditorium, Jammu University,Jammu
- Date: 25-09-2018
- Time: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
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