DCJ-CUK organizes field trip to Wathura
Srinagar: Department of Convergent Journalism (DCJ), Central University of Kashmir organized a day-long field trip to Balapora, Wathura, which is known for the exponents of traditional folk form “Bhand Pather”, on November 22.
Students of first and third semester along with the faculty of the department were part of the visit. The field trip was aimed at sensitizing the students about the different socio-cultural aspects of ‘Bhand Pather’.
President, National Bhand Theatre, Ghulam Mohi-u-din ‘Aajiz’ briefed the DCJ team about the history and significance of Bhand Pather.
The journalism students were assigned to do news/feature stories, photo features and make a video documentary regarding various challenges faced by folk artists in upholding the traditional art.
The students interacted with folk artists and the local residents to understand and explore the socio-economic reasons behind the decline of ‘Bhand Pather’.
Speaking about the aim of the field trip, Coordinator, DCJ, Asif Khan stressed on the need to help preserve the folk art through proper media coverage by drawing attention of people and the government towards the problems faced by the artists.
“As part of our heritage this art needs protection. There are no professional art theatres in our Valley where these artists could perform and sustain this age-old traditional folk art”, Khan added.
On the occasion, artists of ‘National Bhand Theatre’ in different colorful costumes enthralled the visiting team with their performances like Shikargah Pather, Laddi-shah and various other theme plays.