Int’l Dogra Society celebrates Lohri in London, Jammu style!

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Mr Virendera Sharma, Member of Parliament, Ealing & Southall graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and addressed the gathering talking about beautiful Jammu & Kashmir and the importance of keeping our culture alive specially abroad…reports Asian Lite News

International Dogra Society (IDS) hosted J&K winter harvest festival Lohri in London on 14th January (first event post Covid). The function showcased Jammu & Dogra traditions to the fullest including bonfire, tricholi, chajja’s, Dogri lohri songs as well as Lohri haar (necklace for new born & newly wedded couples). 

During the function a thoughtful musical tribute was given to Padamshri Padma Sachdev ji (Bobboji). Lalit Sharma, Founder & Director International Dogra Society spoke about late Padma Sachdev ji’s crucial contribution towards promoting Dogri language & culture, and for bringing Dogri as a language on the world map.

Lalit fondly mentioned the story how Padma Sachdev ji requested Lata Mangeshkar ji to sing her Dogri songs and made them eternal. Poonam Bhandari from Norwich, UK beautifully sang the famous Lori (lullaby) “Tu malla tu, log pannan thikariyan” written by Padma ji and sung by Lataji. 

Mr Virendera Sharma, Member of Parliament, Ealing & Southall graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and addressed the gathering talking about beautiful Jammu & Kashmir and the importance of keeping our culture alive specially abroad. He also lauded the excellent effort by the team of International Dogra Society in showcasing the unique cultural heritage of Jammu. 

The function like always was supported & attended by our Kashmiri Pandit brethren in large numbers along with Dogra’s living in the UK countrywide who travelled to London specially for the event, plus the Indian diaspora in London. 

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