Naseem’s collection of plays released

Poets,Writers Need Encouragement,Not Money: Mian Altaf

ARIF SHAFI WANI

Manasbal (Ganderbal) Nov 18: Pagah Shole Dunya a maiden book on collection of plays written by Kashmir’s noted broadcaster and playwright Nisar Naseem was released at his native place here in north Kashmir on Sunday.
 The book was released by Minister of Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf during a function organized by the Greater Kashmir Foundation at the Manasbal Club. The chairman of Greater Kashmir Communications Private Ltd Fayaz Ahmad Kaloo was also present on the occasion.
 In his address Altaf hailed the role of Naseem in promotion of Kashmiri language. “A poet or writer does not need money but encouragement from people. The presence of so many people from different walks of like to witness release of his new book is a big encouragement for him. It also signifies that Kashmiris still love their mother tongue,” Altaf said.
 “I have often seen him (Naseem) in serene environs of Naranag and Wangath. I think he has drawn inspiration for his works from my area and that is why he invited me to release his book,” Altaf, who is MLA Kangan, said in a lighter vein.
 Altaf praised the Greater Kashmir Foundation for promoting literary activities and highlighting problems of people.
 The vice-chairman of the Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) Khawaja Farooq Renzu said, Naseem’s book was a new addition to rich Kashmiri literature.
 “We are passing through such a phase that we need to protect our mother tongue. Kashmir has a recorded history of over five thousand years and has been a central place for learning and cultural activities. Through our rich literature we have shown that we care for our language. History stands testimony to the fact that poets have brought revolutions. I hope that Naseem’s book would go a long way to promote Kashmiri language and tradition of folk drama,” Renzu said.
 In his address, Naseem traced his journey from Manasbal Dramatic Club to Radio Kashmir. He said the Club was formed in 1975 and gradually became a household name in Manasbal.
 “We used to write plays in the house of our patron Shanti Kaul and staged dramas in villages. People used to enjoy these dramas,” Naseem said.
 He said when the then project director of National School of Drama K K Sontaka visited Kashmir in early eighties he and others persons associated with the Club invited him to Manasbal.
 “He was surprised to see that our dramas attracted over eight to ten thousand people. Sontaka told us that theaters in Delhi never had full occupancy. I told him that our dramas are drawn from our life and that is why people like it. Bhand Pather (Traditional Kashmiri dance) has emerged as a powerful tool and I in association with my colleagues have been making efforts to promote it,” Naseem said.
 On the occasion Editor Kashmir Uzma, sister concern of Greater Kashmir, Javaid Azar said Kashmir has a rich history of stage drama.
 “Stage drama has played a vital role in giving vent to the public sentiments during centuries of suppression. It has always highlighted the sensitive issues touching the hearts of people,” Azar said.
 “This is a great occasion for GK Foundation to organize the release of Naseem’s collection of dramas who has imbibed his sense of literature from the history and contemporary problems faced by Kashmir. The GK foundation is synonymous with sentiments and ethos of the people and has been providing platforms for discussing political, economical and cultural issues. It is striving for excellence of the art and literature in the State,” he added.
 Shahbaz Hakbari a writer reviewed the book while Prof Rattan Lal Talashi read selected excerpts from it. The programme was moderated by Rashid Nizami.
 Born in 1955 in Safapora Manasbal, Naseem did his graduation in Science. After completing his post-graduation in Kashmiri he joined Education department as a teacher. After qualifying the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination in 1991 he joined Radio Kashmir Srinagar as Programme Executive.
 In 1993 his Radio documentary titled Aithiyat Jari Rahay on Aids awareness bagged the Akashvani Annual Award. In 1994 Naseem was the only Kashmiri to participate in the Sangeet Natak Academy Young directors workshop in Delhi and interacted with noted personalities including BV Karanth, Naseer-ud-din Shah, Anamika Haksar and Habib Tanveer.
 Among others who were present on the occasion included Director Doordarshan Abdul Qayoom Wadhera, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Showkat Ahmad Mir, noted broadcaster Syed Humayun Qaiser, poets Aziz Hajini, playwrights Muhammad Amin Bhat, Shafiq Qureshi and Sheikh Hamid.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 18 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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