New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) on Friday commemorated the 18th anniversary of Kargil Diwas by organising a patriotic song competition for schools here, an official said on Friday.
The ‘Battle of Bands — a musical tribute to our soldiers’, where six school teams competed in singing patriotic songs, was organised by SAM Workshops — a cultural arm of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS).
The not-for-profit ‘spiritual’ organisation has been associated with IIMC for a long time and has conducted several cultural programmes in the institution in the past, IIMC official Vishnupriya Pandey told IANS here.
IIMC Director-General K.G. Suresh and General G.D. Bakshi addressed the gathering before the even began, Pandey said.
However, a student from the institute told IANS that Gen. Bakshi could not attend the event and Colonal V.N. Thapar, father of Kargil martyr Captain Vijayant Thapar, addressed the gathering instead.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) located near the institution had in July taken out a march on its campus in memory of and tribute to the Kargil martyrs.
The event was in headlines for JNU Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar’s demand for installing a decommissioned tank on the campus to instill patriotic fervour among students.