Srinagar: Coming out of the shadows of terrorism, prominent places and locations of Jammu and Kashmir are fast metamorphosing into heaven of cultural excellence.

After Dal Lake, the thrust is now on reviving the cultural significance of the renowned Nagin Lake. Around 150 artistes from various states added beauty to the famous Nagin Lake. The music and dance performances by various artistes on one stage at the banks of the lake further added colours to the lake.

The five-day folk dance and music festival organized by the Department of Music and Drama saw artistes from Assam, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur  performing their folk dances that entertained the audience.

Various folk dances from different states including Jammu and Kashmir enthralled the audiences.

Local TV artiste Masood Mantjir said, “We are happy that such types of programmes are taking place in the Valley and we get to learn a lot from them.”

“It is a special occasion for music and dance lovers like us. This programme has helped us learn about different folk dances across the country,” said a student of Music and Fine Arts.

Earlier, J&K Governor NN Vohra inaugurated the festival by lighting a lamp. “It was a dream to host such kind of festival in our state.

Apart from entertainment, we also learn about different art and culture of our country,” said Vohra.

Also present on the occasion state Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said that we had plans to organize such festival two years ago.