Friday, January 5, 2007
Srinagar: Barely a week after CNN-IBN reported the plight of Sufiana artists, the Jammu and Kashmir government has reacted. It has announced new measures to help the artists practising an art form that has not been getting due recognition.
“I thank CNN-IBN for its report on Sufiana artists. The cultural academy favours Sufiana musicians. Yaqoob and party will perform in Delhi for the NRIs on January 8 and then at press club of India. Chief minister Azad is also writing to ambassadors of Arab countries so that our Sufiana artistes can perform there,” says Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art and Culture and Languages, Rafiq Masoodi.
The artists are also delighted about the fact.
“I am thankful to your channel that our plight has been highlighted. It has reached to the right forum and we have been invited to perform in Delhi,” says Sufiana artist, Mohammad Yaqoob.
``Your channel took our plight and we are feeling great. But the government should not stop here,” says another Sufiana artist, Sami.