As part of Navratra Festival 2017, all India Devotional Song Competition began at Yog Ashram Complex last evening with lighting of traditional lamp by Yog Acharya Swami Yoga Nand Ji Maharaja in presence of celebrity singers Nidhi Kohli, Peji Shah Koti (Brother of famous singer Master Saleem).Others present were Additional SPs Naresh Singh and H.K.Nazar, SDPO Ashok Sharma, Rakesh Wazir Chairman Devotional Song Committee, SHO Arvind Sambyal, Shyam Lal Kesar, Shiv Kumar Sharma,Virender Kesar and locals.
In the preliminary round of competition, Vivek Mohan from Jammu and Anmol Raja from Hoshiarpur bagged 1st position while Mohinder Soni from Jammu and Sukhjinder Yamla from Amritsar got 2nd position and 3rd position was clinched by Sargam Sharma from Link road Jammu, among the 12 auditioned participants in which 5 participants were from outside state and 7 participants were from the state. The winners were provided cash prizes of Rs.10,000, Rs.5,000 and Rs.3,000 respectively.The Devotional Song Competition was adjudged by a panel of experts which was comprised of Dr. Usha Bhagati Ex. HOD Music, Prof. Parveen Sabharwal Professor Music Department and Ravi Magotra former Programme Head in Radio Kashmir Jammu.The grand finale of the All India Devotional Song Competition will be held on 29th of this month and winners will be awarded with gold amounting Rs. 3 Lakh and a recording contract with Venus Records and Tapes ltd.
Besides the runners ups will get gold worth 1 lakh and Rs. 50,000/- respectively.The proceedings of the competition were conducted by Rakesh Wazir, who is also the Chairman of this competition. He informed that famous singers lined up for their guest performances on the stage of the event are Shanker Sahni and Amrinder Bobby on 25th September, Hasmat/Sultana on 26th September, Nooran Sisters on 27th September, Diljaan and Masha Ali on 28th September and finally Hans Raj Hans will perform in the finals to be held on 29th September and live telecast of the event is available on Shradha MH1 from 9 PM onwards daily.The All India Devotional Song Competition is being organized by SMVD Shrine Board and Department of J&K Tourism with active support of District Administration, Shradha MH 1, Shiv Khori Shrine Board, J&K Bank, Ramada City Center (now open) Jammu, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super Specialist Hospital, Pure Roots Herbal, Nidesh Builders Pvt.Ltd. Jammu, 92.7 Big FM and the local host Community.The first position holders of daily competition will compete with the winners of the quarter final on 28th of Sept., for their entry into final and the quarter final will be held on 27th September which will be of 2nd and 3rd position holders of daily competition.It is worthwhile to mention here that entries of the preliminary rounds is going on and participants can enroll themselves at Tourist Office Katra self or through phone numbers 01991-232005, 233301,02.