Describing Sindh river as the cradle of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh said that measures to sustain cultural continuity of the nation are underway.The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of Sindhu Darshan festival also known as Shinghey Khababs, in the local Ladakhi parlance. The 20th annual Sindhu Darshan Mela commenced yesterday evening with the inauguration of Sindhu Bhawan at Choglamsar Leh by former Deputy Prime Minister and Member Parliament, L K Advani.The state of the art Bhawan would provide all the requisite boarding and lodging facilities to the yatris coming for the Sindhu festival. The festival is being organized by Ladakh Phandey Tsogspa every year drawing a large number of people from different parts of the country.Addressing the gathering, Mr Advani expressed happiness over the event.Demanding the opening of Kailash Mansarvovar Road through Ladakh for the convenience of pilgrims Advani said, "China should accept the appeal of India to open Kailash Mansarvovar Road through Ladakh so that Yatris don't have to go via Nepal". He also suggested inviting the Nobel Laurite and world famous spiritual leader H.H. the Dalai Lama in the festival in future.
Advani also extended his greetings to the pilgrims particularly Ladakhi people for the success of this festival.Earlier the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, in his address said the Sindhu festival which was started by Mr. Advani has now become a festival of International standards with a number of visitors from different parts of the world coming every year. He welcomed yatris on behalf of the J&K Govt.On behalf of Ladkahi people and LAHDC, Leh, the Chief Executive Councilor Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo also welcomed yatris to Leh and hoped that this festival will grow year by year.Addressing the gathering, MP Thupstan Chhewang mentioned about L .K Advani’s contribution towards starting the festival that had reached to such a standard. Ladakhi are delighted to be part of the festival, he added.A scintillating cultural programme was presented by the artists of North Zone Cultural Centre Patiala, Union Ministry of Culture on the occasion.