Published On: Mon, Jun 20th, 2016

CM Rawat launches mobile app for devotional jagar songs

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Jayanand Bharti Jagar University to come up in Srinagar

In a bid to promote Garhwali and Kumaoni devotional folklores known as ‘jagar’, chief minister Harish Rawat on Monday launched a first of its kind cellphone app on the popular songs which are sung to invoke deities in the hills. Rawat also announced that a university called ‘Jayanand Bharti Jagar University’ to promote jagar would soon be established at Srinagar in Pauri district.

Addressing a gathering at Beejapur house on Monday after launching the app, which contains songs sung by Preetam Bhartwan, Rawat said that setting up of the university at Srinagar will help boost Jagar culture.

“Jagar has been an integral part of social and devotional cultural life of Garhwal and Kumaon so opening a separate university to promote Jagar will help preserve social, cultural and devotional life of the hill state,” said Rawat. Trained devotional singers would be appointed to the post of lecturers in the upcoming Jagar university.

Rawat also urged established singers to encourage other lesser-known singers of devotional folklores to help give impetus to traditional songs from far-flung places in the state.

“I am sure the fabulous collection of devotional folklores from across the state will be liked by all. These Jagar songs are based on attempts by singers to invoke deities in Garhwal and Kumaon regions,” said Preetam Bhartwan who was present on the occasion.

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