Lucky Ali enthralls audience during army’s 2-day ‘youth mela’

Srinagar, October 22: Famous Bollywood singer-composer-actor enthralled and mesmerized the audience for two consecutive days during army’s ‘youth mela’ here in Srinagar.

Lucky Ali arrived here yesterday to participate in Srinagar Youth Mela, organised by the Chinar Corps. J&K Governor NN Vohra felicitated Lucky Ali at SKICC before the start of the concert. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said: “It was heartening to see so many young boys and girls participating in the competition and going back with prizes and greater confidence. I hope the tradition set up by the Chinar Corps is continued in future as well.”

The performance comes in the wake of Adnan Sami concert a few days ago and has been dubbed as a harbinger of peace and harmony in the valley in times to come. “I did not see any negativity here. We should continue to do our bit and am sure situation will improve,” said Lucky Ali.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen JS Sandhu, Chinar Corps Commander flagged off the 5 Km Shikara Race during Srinagar Youth Mela which started from Lalit Jetti, had a turning point at historic Char Chinar and finished at SKICC Jetty. 70 Shikaras took part in the thrilling competition.

The water bodies of Kashmir offer breathtaking Shikara boat rides and the joy ofsmoothly gliding over the water with the crisp sound of paddle is indeed a feeling to be imbibed. To encourage the youth of Srinagar, a rolling trophy for Chinar Shikara Cup has been instituted from this year, a defence spokesman said here.

After the conclusion of the race, Governor NN Vohra gave away the prizes. Muhammad Shafeeq Bugel and Adil Bashir Dar got the first prize of Rs. 50,000 along with the rolling trophy and the second prize was won by Yasir Ahmed Bhat and Moisar Ahmed Bhat. The Governor lauded the initiatives taken by the Chinar Corps to promote tourism and youth friendly ventures.

During the mela, several events were organised to provide an opportunity to show case the talent and creativity of the Kashmiri youth. The theme of the mela was “Together We Can – We Will”. Various competitions such as painting competition, singing competition & group dance competition were conducted under various categories.

Attractive prizes were awarded to the participants by the Governor and Mrs Usha Vohra. “Army Public School, BB Cantt was the winner for the Group Dance Competition while Adil Hussain and Jasmeet Kaur came first in singing competition. Laraib Solha and Irtika Hamid Bazaz won the first prize in painting competition,” said the spokesman.

The event instilled a spirit of creativity and encouraged the importance of arts amongst students and youth. The locals applauded the efforts of the Army and showed keen involvement in conduct of the event.