Ayushman Jamwal is a poet by heart and a journalist by profession, presently working as a senior news editor at CNN-News18.
Ayushman has won many hearts with his first award-winning 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.”
Ayushman recited some of his poems during various events organized by the Trust under Kavita Sang Yaar Beli events.
Grandson of renowned Dogri litterateur and Sahitya Akademi Awardee, Kunwar Viyogi, 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 Rana
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 with Young Women Achiever Award and Certificate of Excellence by the Nirvana Academy. At the Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’ event, held in Gurgaon, Aarushi showcased the Hindi adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for the first time and received thunderous applause for her creation.
Sanchita Abrol is honoured with “Prem Jamwal Youth Art Innovation Award”, for
revitalising Dogri poetry by the distinguished poet and Sahitya Akademi Awardee, Kunwar Viyogi, with a unique blend of Hindi and English literature and presenting it on the international stage through her dance.
Sanchita is a disciple of venerated Kathak Maestro, Padma Shri Guru Shovana Narayan. In early 2014, Sanchita founded Rasadance, an organization in Australia building a bond with the centuries-old tradition of storytelling through dance. For the ‘Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’, held in Gurgaon, Sanchita performed Kathak on Kunwar Viyogi’s poetry from his award-winning book Ghar. Sanchita has performed on the international stage, most notably at: Ganges-Danube Cultural Festival of India in Hungary 2016, Parliament House India 2012, Indian Youth Delegation Program to China 2011, Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, New Delhi 2010, ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Festival of India in Italy 2016, and ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Festival of India in Morocco 2016.
Jaswinder Singh is a student at Institute of Fine Arts College in Jammu and the first recipient of Art Innovation award for best trophy. Jaswinder’s award-winning work Kail is a popular folk instrument, often used in far flung villages of Jammu.
In the olden days, barbers in villages used Kail to announce good news like marriage, child birth. Also played at the beginning of auspicious ceremonies, Kail is used even today in various parts of Jammu. Jaswinder, who is the recipient of First Installation of Devu Abhilya University Award in Indore, has accolades for his work at State and Zonal level. Also the winner of Art Installation award at Jammu University, Jaswinder is a two-time winner of annual sculpture and painting competitions organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages.
Prithvi Singh Panwar
An achiever from childhood, Prithvi Singh Panwar declared his love for photography and began pursuing his passion at a very tender age. Brilliantly analytical and logical in his approach, his constant stares out from his classroom windows did have a purpose after all.
He was meant to capture those fleeting moments in his lens, which otherwise were mundane to common eyes. Traversing to various MUN in school to being the main host of stage shows and mastering the strings of the guitar, this young man has come a long way since his early days in the Army cantonments.
He took over his passion for photography with some brilliant captures through his mobile phones from streets of Chandigarh. However with a DSLR in his hand he was trandsformed man.
For Ajay, photography is an expression, a medium through which he expresses a thousand emotions in a single frame. Today a professional photographer and that too a well sought out name in Jammu, Ajay’s love for the lense began in early teens.
Although he has shot coporate events to personal moments, his first love is nature, be it the beautiful landscapes or the silent river or for that matter the deep medows. They express what Ajay describes is- Him. With his DSLR in one hand and his bike keys on the other, Ajay usually rides down to the nearest hill to begin his romance with his lens.
Aftab Singh Chauhan
Photographer and Content Creator
Winner of Prem Prayas Exhibition 2017 held at Kala Kendra, Jammu, Aftab Singh Chauhan is an avid photographer, adventure traveler and creative content creator under the banner of ‘Social Canvas’.
Having first started clicking in grade 7 as a personal hobby in Yadavindra Public School Patiala, he has come a long way since then. Over the years, he has handled photographic projects for his school, attended workshops,
actively participated in competitions and also held exhibitions of his work across the country.
His unique work-folio in photography comprises of surreal landscape, food photography, fashion, and lifestyle. His work has been recognized and published on various occasions like in the school annual magazines, Indian
Express newspaper – Lifestyle & Travel Section, a book cover and on travel websites and blogs.
In the field of video, he has completed the filming of a national level documentary and is currently in the initial phase of being part of the direction team of a Bollywood film.
Besides his passion for photography, he is a national level squash player and he has also enthralled his audience for a year as a radio jockey with Big 92.7 FM. His other passions are his pets, automobiles and traveling. His current personal arsenal comprises of a Canon 6D, GoPro action cameras and an assortment of digital gear
Anmol Jamwal is a Jazz dancer. He has over 6 years of work experience with the Danceworx Performing Arts Academy. He was a part of the main dance troupe of the musical, Jhumroo for 2 years in Kingdom of Dreams.
Anmol is the creator of Tried & Refused Productions Youtube Channel that has over 75,000 subscribers and a total of 30M views which focuses on dance collaborations with artist all over India.At the Cultural Cocktail: Youth for Art’ event, Anmol will perform a stylised Jazz and Funk Choreography titled ‘Taboo’. The dance I performance fuses contemporary Indian and international music. It’s a celebration of expression with no inhibitions or fear presented through the medium and theme of underground jazz clubs and free conversation-like style movement
Shreyasi is a young Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher based out of Delhi. Bharatanatyam enthralled her as a child and by the age of seven she started formal training under the guidance of Padma Shri Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan.
By the time Shreyasi was fifteen, she was selected to undergo formal training at the renowned Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. Six years of learning under renowned gurus and a post diploma under her belt, Shreyasi moved back to New Delhi. Guru Jamuna Krishnan has been her guide and mentor in Delhi ever since.
Currently Shreyasi is establishing herself as a professional Bharatanatyam dancer and teacher. She has performed across geographies, India and abroad. And to teach is the path she has chosen to keep alive the rich and diverse tradition & cultural heritage of India.
Uday Shankar is a cartoonist, illustrator and painter based in New Delhi. A graduate from the Calcutta University and having done his 5 years diploma in commercial arts from Indian college of arts, Kolkata, the talented cartoonist has had a long and illustrious innings in the visual arts field.
He has dabbled in almost all art forms ranging from cartoons, caricatures, illustrations, portrait drawings, comic strips, book cover design, sculptures as well as paintings. Over the last two decades, his work has been published in almost all leading and national newspapers and periodicals. Shankar has drawn more than 5000 portraits of national and international celebrities, most of which have appeared in the pages of The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated broadsheet daily.
Singer and Composer
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.
Singer and Composer
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.”