Jammu University organises Jashn-e-Gulzar

The Golden Jubilee celebration of Jammu University this week began with “Jashn-e-Gulzar” and the inaugural ceremony witnessing participation of some world famous Indian writers and poets.

The legendary poet and writer Gulzar inaugurated the three day high profile cultural event organized by the Department of Urdu and Dean Student Welfare as part of celebrations of the University which will continue for the entire year.

Gulzar, presented a bunch of his heart throbbing creations which mesmerised the audience. Eminent poets from across the country and artists of Information Department participated in the event and enthralled the audience with their verses.

The participating poets included Khushbir Singh Shaad, Mukesh Alam, Adil Farhat, Jeevan Sharma, Dharmesh Nargotra and others.

No Fathers in Kashmir to release on April 5

After an eight-month battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Ashvin Kumar’s directorial “No Fathers in Kashmir” will hit the screens on April 5.

“It is a film made for young people all over India to connect with young people all over Kashmir, about the euphoria and hopefulness of being young – an A certificate would keep both these audiences away from each other. Now I am confident that kids will come out with their hearts beating for Kashmir,” Kumar said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) had suggested that “No Fathers In Kashmir” is fit for a U/A certificate after a few cuts and disclaimers are incorporated in the movie.

Besides being its writer and director, Kumar also stars in the film along with Soni Razdan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anshuman Jha and Maya Sarao.

“Extremely pleased to announce the release of our film,” Soni tweeted on Thursday.

The makers have also released the film’s first look poster which features the shattered screen of a phone behind which two blue-eyed, grinning 16 year olds peer out.

The story is about a teenage British-Kashmiri, Noor, who re-traces her roots in search of her father.

Kumar was earlier nominated for an Oscar for his short film, “Little Terrorist”. He was also honoured with two National Awards for his films on Kashmir – “Inshallah Football” and “Inshallah Kashmir”.

JKAACL celebrates International Women’s Day

On International women’s Day J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) organized a multi-lingual Mushaira at Seminar Hall of JKAACL.

The event was presided over by noted Urdu writer Prof. Shafiqa Parveen, while Sahitya Akademi Awardee Prof. Naseem Shafaie was chief guest on the occasion. Lady poets from Urdu, Kashmiri, Gojri, Pahari, Punjabi, Hindi and English recited their Kalaam on the occasion regarding women empowerment.

Earlier, Chief Editor JKAACL, Mohammad Ashraf Tak, while welcoming the guests provided brief resume of the activities which JKAACL is organizing on the international Women’s day. A number of women belonging of different walks of life and appreciated efforts of JKAACL for organizing such purposeful function. Proceedings of the function were conducted by Dr. Nikhat Nazar.

Band Pather workshop train next generation in this dying art

To tackle the lack of interest among younger generation in traditional theatre, a 10 day workshop on traditional Band Pather (Darzi pather) was organised in Srinagar.The organisers in a statement said younger generation of Karam Buland Theatre Hanji Gund Chadoora Budgam, was trained during the workshop.

On the concluding day the young artists presented the Darzi Pather at Tagore Hall with latest techniques in a modern way. The budding artists of the theatre were given certificates by S.H. Qaiser and project director of the workshop Nisar Naseem. Khalil Bhat renowned Qawwali singer was given lifetime achievement award by the president of the theatre.

Speaking on the concluding occasion Nisar Naseem project director said that the aim of the project was to train the younger generation of folk artists so that Band Pather will pull through and encourage generations to come. Darzi Pather has rich theme and visuals with contemporary relevance.

“Karam Buland Theatre has presented folk plays not only in the state but in the other parts of the country as well,” the organisers said. The workshop was inaugurated on 2nd March at Saqafat-e-Marqaz hall Budgam and concluded on 11th March with the presentation of Darzi Pather and Sufiyana Mosiqui by Manzoor Ahmed and Bashir Ahmed (kotru) and was highly appreciated by the audience, they said. Secretary of the theatre Feyaz Ahmed delivered welcome address.

Poetry session held in Rajbagh

Ghalib literary society Jammu and Kashmir organised a day long poetry session at Rajbagh Srinagar.

Renowned poets of the state participated in the event and mesmerised the audience with their recitations. The dice was shared by renowned poets Rafiq Raaz, Prof Naseem Shifai and Prof Nazir Azad.

A number of young poets also participated in the event.

The poets who presented their work included Meena Aijaz Behri, Syed Areej, Sagar Gul Kawoosi, Jaffer Jameel, Shaista Bukhari,  Syed Husam u Din, Aijaz Taalib, Dr Bilal, Khalid Abrar, Aariz Irshad, Khayal Ladakhi, Rashid Maqbool, Gazanfar Shahbaz, Parvez Manoos, Aadil Ashraf, Dr Nazir Azad, Naseem Shifai, Rafeeq Raaz,

The organisers said that the motive of the event was to promote the literary culture of the state and provide a platform to budding and talented writers to express themselves.