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    • Event Place :
      Baba Makhan Shah Lubhana Bhawan, Sector 30A, Chandigarh
    • Date : 22-07-2017
    • Time : 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Ayushman Jamwal:
      Ayushman Jamwal is a poet by heart and a journalist by profession, presently working as a senior news editor at CNN-News18, New Delhi. Ayushman has won many hearts with his first publication- ‘Chameleon Lights’- a collection of 20 short poems.
      ‘Chameleon Lights’, which featured among the top 10 best-selling books of English poetry on Amazon, conveys a multitude of emotions, tracking the journey of a restless spirit as it tries to find its identity. As Ayushman puts it, “The journey beautifully unfurls with well-lit paths and dark corners, where one encounters myriad hues of destiny, love, music, art, pain, suffering, beauty, spirituality and even a sprinkle of insanity.”
      Some of Ayushman’s poems have also been composed into songs, performed by Kolkata’s famous minstrel Surjo Bhattacharjee, who  put tunes to poems like ‘Modern Affection’, ‘Canine Love’, ‘Artist of the Soul’ and ‘Crowd of Broken Souls’.
      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.
    • Aarushi  Thakur: Recipient of first Prem Jamwal Young Innovation Award for staging the Hindi adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s popular English play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the 2016 Kunwar Viyogi Utsav, Aarushi is the daughter of Padma Shri awardee Balwant Thakur. She has worked in more than ten plays as a child artist and has participated in various national festivals organised by National School Of Drama and Sangeet Natak Akademi. Arushi has acted in major nationally acclaimed productions like Ghumayee, Bawajitto, and Richard III and has established herself as a theatre director to reckon with by adapting and directing a full-length play based on Charles Dickens’ Classic, “Great Expectations”. The young theatre director has written, designed and directed ‘Henry & Anne’, a play based on the life of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn. Aarushi has also been conferred Young Women Achiever Award and Certificate of Excellence by the Nirvana Academy.
    • Jitender Singh: Jitender Singh Jamwal is a renowned Dogri singer, who has enthralled his audience in India and abroad with his soulful ghazals, bhajans and sufi songs. Born in the city of temples-Jammu, Jitender Singh Jamwal was nurtured in an educated Dogra Rajput family, where his parents encouraged him unreservedly towards academic advancement as well as artistic excellence. Influence of different Gharanas (styles) and maestros has helped Jitender Singh Jamwal to evolve a style that is unique. This sets him apart from other artists. He performs Thumri, Dadra and Bhajan with equal ease and artistry enhanced by the variation of his Murkis, Taans and Khatkas marked by spontaneity. The promise of an exceptional voice, noted for its power, range and sensitivity attracted attention when he was only a child. After initial training in Jammu, Jitender’s voice was modulated to traverse the octave of Khayal by Pandit Mani Prasad of Kirana Gharana in Delhi.The noted singer has worked with music legends like Pt. Jasraj, renowned producer director, Shekhar Kapur, Padma Shri Balwant Thakur and sung alongside renowned singers like Shubha Mudgal and Anuradha Paudwal among others. He has also given voice to ballets like Galib, Prithviraj Chauhan, Yuganthar among others.

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