Srinagar: A new regional centre of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was inaugurated in Srinagar on Friday to provide a platform to upcoming artistes and help promote state's rich art and cultural heritage worldwide.

ICCR President Karan Singh inaugurated the regional centre on the banks of Dal Lake in the presence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and urged the artistes to take benefits of the centre.

"There is immense talent in the state and artistes should take benefit from the Centre," Singh, a senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member, told the gathering on the occasion.
With this, Jammu and Kashmir has become the only state in the country where two regional centres of ICCR have been set up one each in Srinagar and Jammu.
Omar expressed hope that the centre will benefit local artistes and help them showcase their talent at both national and international levels.

"Our history is not just 20 to 25 years old. There is a need to look beyond that. You will get the evidence of the state's culture and its history everywhere and we should strive to strengthen it," he said.
State's minister for Culture and Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora said the centre would deepen and further enhance cultural capabilities of Kashmir. "It will connect us with the culture of the rest of the country," he said.


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