weekend notes

weekend notes

Majlis-e-Shabaan Khuihome organizes literary event

Majlis-e-Shabaan Khuihome on Saturday organised a day-long literary event at Mehboob-ul-Alam College of Education Bandipora.

On the occasion various scholars presented their research papers, poems, essays on different themes and book reviews. A poetic session was also organised on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who was chief guest on the occasion, also released a book titled Asrar-i-Akash authored by Akash Ali Mohammad Mir.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner said Bandipora has a rich cultural and literary history and hence known for Alim (Knowledge), Adab (Literature) and Aab (Water). He assured every possible assistance to the literary organizations of the district to promote literary environment in the district and said that the literary activities will help in developing a reading culture among the younger generation.

Dr Choudhary said efforts are made to develop Bandipora on modern lines and priority is being given to education sector. He assured every possible support from the district administration to ensure proper counselling to the educated youth so that they can carry forward the rich history of their forefathers.

He said more libraries are being established in various schools of the district and urged the people to imbibe reading culture among their wards.

Deputy Chief Education Officer Bandipora, Mohammad Rafiq Parray, Prof. Ismail Aashna and Mohammad Munnawar Parwana besides other writers, poets, scholars, and students were present on the occasion.


AMK organizes 39th Annual Kashmiri Conference

Adbe Markaz Kamraz (AMK) celebrated its 39th Annual Kashmiri Conference themed ‘Kashur tehzeebuk badalvun Anhaar, Khadshe te imkanaat’ at Tagore Hall here.

Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai was the chief guest on the occasion and Vice Chancellor Islamic University Prof. Mushtaq Sidiqui was guest of honour. The inaugural session was presided over by noted writer and critique M Yousuf Teng.

On the occasion, Advisor Ganai lauded the effort of Adbee Markaz Kamraz in bringing stakeholders together to deliberate upon the issue of vital importance. He said voluntary collective efforts from within the society can play a much potent role in the preservation and promotion of cultural ethos in which language plays a pivotal role.

He instructed the Director School Education Kashmir, who was also present in the conference, to ensure that the government order regarding teaching Kashmiri as a compulsory subject in class 9th and 10th is implemented in letter and spirit.

Advisor on the occasion also assured the audiences of taking up their demands of setting up of art gallery in Kashmir and ensuring that the Kashmiri language is taught at secondary and higher secondary levels.

Earlier, welcome address was delivered by President (AMK) Farooq Ahmad Rafiabadi and Prof. Farooq Fayaz made the introductory speech while the annual report was presented by Secretary (AMK) Shabnam Tilgami.

Homage was paid to Atiqa Behenji, Dr Syed Shujaat Bukhari, M Ehsan Ahsan, Saifi Sopori and several others who died preceding year.

A special number of AMK’s ‘Prava’ on Mohammad Ehsan Ahsan was also released during the conference by Retd. Justice Hasnain Masoodi.

Awards were also given on the occasion; Dr Aziz Hajni was felicitated with Sharf–e–Kamraz 2018 for his multi-dimensional contribution in the promotion of Kashmiri language and literature. Several other personalities and Sopore based Women organization Majlis ul Nisa was also awarded during the conference. Khilat-I-Hanfi sopore award was presented to Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, prominent religious preacher Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami and Jeelani Kamran. The award ceremony was presided by retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi. While as Dr Altaf Hussain and Basharat Bukhari were in the praesidium.

The award of best book was presented to Syed Akhtar Hussain Mansoor and Mohi Ud Din Hajni, Gold Medal was awarded to Shugufta Parveen for getting the first position in M.A Kashmiri.

Shashrang 2018 awards announced

Kashmir Music Club (KMC) Srinagar, a known cultural and music organization, today announced the names of the recipients of this year’s prestigious Shashrang Awards. The awards will be given on 16th of November 2018 during the Kashmir Music Festival "Shashrang-season-8" at Tagore Hall Srinagar, being presented in collaboration with J&K academy of art, culture & languages, and Jammu & Kashmir Bank Ltd.
The announcement was made by the secretary of Kashmir Music Club in Srinagar.

‘Shashrang Award 2018, in folk music category’ is being conferred upon the veteran chakkri maestro Mohammed Abdullah Taarbali, Abdul Gaffar Kanihami and Adil Manzoor Shah (New talent) for their contribution to Kashmiri folk music (Chakri)
’Shashrang award in light music Kashmiri (Kashmiri Gazal) is being conferred upon veteran Kashmiri singers Rahmatullah Khan, Dhanajay Koul and Altaf Sahil (New talent) for their contribution to Kashmiri light music.
’Shashrang Naseem Akhtar award (reserved for Kashmiri women music artists) is being conferred upon Shazia Hameed a promising Kashmiri vocalist, 
Shashrang Zazz award (reserved for Kashmiri instrumentalists) is being conferred upon Abdul Majeed Shah (Rabab player) Imtiyaz Malik (Tabla player) and Abdul Rasheed Shah (Nout and Tumbaknari player) for their contribution to the field of Kashmiri music.
’Shashrang Nassar-ul-lah Khan award (reserved for Kashmiri Music Composers) will be conferred upon G N Shaikh (posthumously) for his lifetime contribution to the Kashmiri Music.
“The Kashmir Music Club is a cultural movement translating from a deep-rooted vision of creating a unique, unbiased and empowering national level platform for presentation, propagation, and teaching of traditional music and performing arts,” said Waheed Jeelani a well known vocalist, music composer and cultural activist, who is also chairman KMC.

The mission of KMC is to act as a Cultural Bridge of the State of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the world and to have created a new generation of music connoisseurs.

Saifudin’s book released during literary function

Saif udin Saif’s book “Qanooni Nazakatien”. Was released during a literary event held by Rafiabad Adbi Markaz (RaaM) at Nether Field School Bohripora Sopore. 

The event comprised of two sessions. The first session was presided over by Dr Rafiq Masoosi, who is also the patron of the Markaz. Shabir Ahmad Shabir, president RaaM, Hashmatullah Hashmi, educationist and President Traders Federation Sopore, Ajaz Ahmad Masoodi, Chairman Netherfield School and author Saif din Saif were also  in the presidium. 

The session started with the recitation of Holy Quran, followed by the recitation of naat.  The session was aimed at the book release of Saif udin Saif "Qanooni Nazakatien.” Two papers were read out on the book. The first review paper which was prose specific was  presented by Tariq Ahmad Tariq, and the second paper which was poetry specific was presented by Hassan Azhar. Both papers were appreciated by the audience. 

The session ended with the release of the book "Qanooni Nazakatien"  by Dr Rafeeq Masoodi patron Rafiabad Addabi Markaz  (RaM) and others in the presidium. 

The second session was on poetic recitation, which was conducted by Hassan Azhar. The session was presided over by Shabir Ahmad Shabir. Gh Mohammad Tawheehi and Qazi Gh Mohammad Gulshan also shared the presidium.The poets who enthralled the audience with their poetry included Shabir Ahmad Shabir, Gh Mohmad Tawheedi, Dr Rafiq Masoodi, Shabnum Gulzar, Hassan Azhar, Javid Mawri, Farooq Ather, Jawhar Ramzan, Riyaz Parvana, Tariq Ahmad Tariq, Naseer Ahmad Naseer, Gh Mohammed Mahsoor, Shahid Shafi, Lateef Gamgeen, Qazi Gh Mohmad Gulshan, Gh Mohammed Dilgeer, Parveez Amin, Manzoor ul Hassan Qurashi, Khushbo Khursheed and Nadeem Javid. 

Kashmiri craft, music enthrals audience at Pakistani Lok Mela

Folk artistes, artisans and craftsmen from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) enthralled the audience at 2018 version of Pakistan Lok Mela in capital Islamabad. 

Craftsmen specialising in papier mache, wood carving, namda, gabba, Kashmiri shawl and embroidery are part of the contingent showcasing their products.

Those who participated also included some of the famous artists like Papier Mache artist Shaista Rehman who is also an accomplished artist in stain glass, fabric designing and traditional furniture painting. Master wood carver Kamran Butt showcased his talent with his creations made from walnut wood, cedar, sissoo and dalbergia. 

A performance area has been set up by the organisers where several musicians present Kashmiri folk music using dhol, flute and shehnai, while Gatka dancers perform the traditional Kashmiri dance, wearing colourful costumes, according to Pakistani media.

Lok Virsa hosted a Kashmiri musical night featuring local folk songs on Sunday at the Open Air Theatre as part of the ten-day Lok Mela.

Kashmiri singers presented a number of folk songs and local dances during the ceremony. The stage was beautifully decorated with posters of scenery from Kashmir, its buildings and handicrafts,The ceremony started with a melodious instrumental performance by local musicians who played the famous Kashmiri song ‘Mere Wattan Teri Jannat Mein Ayen Gein’ which was followed by Akbar Khan playing two tunes on his Alghoza and flute. He also read out the lyrics of the song which he had played.A young folk singer, Shakil Mir presented Saiful Mulk in his local dialect and four singers wearing traditional dresses sang Mere Wattan Mere Chaman.

As per the old Kashmiri tradition, all the male guests were presented with turbans and the women with shawls. 


Raja Sarfaraz’s book ‘Tears of Kashmir’ released in Jammu

Doda born actor and writer Raja Sarfaraz’s book Tears of Kashmir was released at a function Ibn Jammu on Tuesday.

‘Tears of Kashmir’ is a collection of romantic poems, elegy and satire written by Sarfaraz in context to prevalent pain in Kashmir.

While speaking on the occasion Sarfaraz said, “I can feel the pain of lost beauty of Kashmir and youth who are losing dreams, career and golden era of their life even after being so educated and talented-because of unfortunate things happening in Kashmir. I took an opportunity to research over Kashmir and wrote a book over its lost and faded beauty where bloodshed, violence, misguidance are dominating goodness people of Kashmir.”

Sarfaraz said that Kashmir has become of the greatest politically-motivated-controversy. “I want youth especially to read this book and I have kept no stone unturned to define the old and new Kashmir through my poetry. The tradition and old culture of Kashmir also depicted the pain of Kashmir with the help of this book,” he said. Bollywood producer Rakesh Saberwal from Mumbai was Chief Guest who appreciated the effort of Raja Sarfaraz.