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Tourism Deptt’s 4-day snow sculpting competition begins at Gulmarg

Srinagar, Jan 20: In order to provide a platform to the budding artists, the Department of Tourism Kashmir is organising a 4-day Snow Sculpting Competition at Gulmarg from today.
In the competition, over 30 participants drawn from various districts of the Kash-
mir Valley both amateur and professional sculptures are participating.

The depart-ment received overwhelming
response from the participants
who were later shortlisted for the competition.

Director Tourism Kashmir, Nisar Ahmad Wani flagged off the participants at TRC
Srinagar in presence of Joint Director Tourism Kashmir Tabassum Kamli, Deputy Director, Tourism Publicity /
Recreation, Ideel Saleem and other staff members.

The participants will com-pete in teams and also as individuals to hand carve unique art works on themes depicting
Kashmir culture, heritage, life and nature.

Speaking on the occasion, Director Tourism said the event is being organised to provide a platform to both the budding artist and also profes-
sionals to showcase their talent
in arts.

He said Kashmir is blessed with a natural and advantageous geographical environment for ice and snow tourism

which the department will promote to attract tourists to this snow art during winter months.
“The 4-day competition will also provide an opportunity to amateur artists to learn from professionals who are part of
this event. We are also planning to develop an ice park and promote this tourism product in a big way,” he said.

The department provided all the support including travel, accommodation and food to the participants for the event.

The department also kept ice blocks
ready for the participants who will only need to carve out the shape as per their chosen themes.

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