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First open-air floating theatre at Srinagar’s Dal lake

Last Updated on October 30, 2021 at 8:07 pm

In Jammu and Kashmir, the first open air floating theatre has been launched in Dal Lake.

It was inaugurated by J&K Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta when the ongoing Iconic week celebrations concluding ceremony was being held. Others present in the ceremony included Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor Nitishwar Kumar, Secretary Tourism and Culture Sarmad Hafeez, and Director Tourism.

In order to promote tourism various efforts have been put by administration of J&K and this theatre is aimed to attract major tourist footfall. Kashmir has earned fame on a global level for its natural beauty and Bollywood filmmakers have called it a ‘photographer’s paradise’.

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On this occasion, a Shikara rally, adorned with shining lights passed through Nehru Park to Kabootar Khana with local artists singing and dancing to Kashmiri songs which entertained guests and passersby.

The tourists and residents of the area enjoyed the Bollywood film ‘Kashmir ki Kali’ in the theatre.

Sarmad Hafeez, secretary, tourism and culture, J&K government said that the theatre will help in attracting major tourist’s footfall and benefit the tourism industry.

“We have a great demand for evening activities. The concept of open-air is pretty unique, not found anywhere in this world. It will greatly advantage the tourism in Kashmir. Shikara, houseboat owners, the hotel industry is welcoming tourists with open hands. J&K is safest from the Covid-19 point of view since the entire tourist industry is vaccinated. Various capacity-building programmes were done on Covid protocols by the industry. Since winter is coming soon, hope people from the country and world will visit J&K,” he said while talking to ANI.

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Tourists were allowed to join the celebrations and watch laser shows and films on a fleet of shikaras and houseboats. The tourists were enthusiastic, thanking the tourism department for organizing such events and allowing them to experience them.