Weekly Notes

Ustad Ghulam Mohammed Qaleenbaaf remembered

Radio Kashmir Srinagar and Qaleenbaaf Sufiana Music institute, on 21st April organised a function to remember the sufiana music maestro late Gulam Mohammad Qaleenbaaf on his 23rd death anniversary.

Born in 1902 in Shehar-i-Khaas (Khanqah-i-Moula), in a family dealing with carpet weaving, Qaleenbaaf took up Sufiyana Music and carved a name in it. Qaleenbaaf achieved great heights of success in the sufiyana music genre. Throughout his life he worked relentlessly for the revival and promotion of this art form.

The artists highlighted his contribution to the art and cultural scene of Kashmir at a gathering at Qaleenbaaf Memorial Sufiyana Music Institute, Kralpora.

Ustad Mohammed Yaqub Sheikh an ace Sufiyana Musician and also grandson of Qaleenbaaf said that his music continues to inspire youngsters even after passing of so many years. “Qaleenbaaf not only took the art form to new heights but also opened it for younger generations. He undertook many reforms in the otherwise strict art form in tune with changing times, but at the same time keeping its the essence intact,” said Yaqub, who also heads Qaleenbaaf Memorial Sufiyana Music Institute.

ICCR holds Kashmiri folk music concert under “Horizon Series”

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Regional Office, Jammu in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) hosted Kashmiri folk music programme under its “Horizon Series”, in KL Saigal Hall, Jammu.

An eminent group of artists from Kashmir valley led by Mohammed Abdul Hamid Bhat, Rabab player was invited for exclusive performance. Before starting the programme, lighting of lamp was performed by Regional Director ICCR and other dignitaries present there.

The Kashmiri folk songs played on Rabab were “Chaluhama Roshee Roshee”, “Kaitu Shuk Nand Wanee” and “Bumbroo Bumbroo”. The artists who performed were Abdul Hamid Bhat (Rabab Instrumentalist), Salim Jhangir on Matka and Ghulam Din Mir on Rabab.

NK Shil, Regional Director, ICCR and Regional Passport Officer, Jammu and Dr AS Aman, Additional Secretary, JKAACL were present, besides other dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion Shil gave a brief account of various activities so far conducted by the ICCR and also about its prime objective as to how ICCR’s cultural wing seeks to improve and argument India’s cultural diplomacy through cultural and educational initiatives showcasing greater Indian rich heritage and multifarious culture with mantra “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” and “Atithi Deva Bhava”.

Radio Kashmir organises musical function at Badamwari

Radio Kashmir Srinagar organised a musical concert at Badamwari Srinagar on April 22.

Eminent folk and light music singers entertained the music lovers with their performances and rendering of number of popular songs. The concert which was held at the open air auditorium at Badamwari was free to watch. Number of local and foreign tourists could be enjoying the musical programme amidst the fading days of almond blossom.

World Book Day celebrated across Kashmir

Number of functions were organised across Kashmir to celebrate the “World Book and Copyright Day.” A major function was organised by Central Library of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) at its Green Campus on Tuesday.

Vice-Chancellor CUK, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir inaugurated the exhibition of books and other manuscripts and asked the students to inculcate the habit of book reading. “Despite technological onslaught and advent of e-resources, books still have relevance during the contemporary times,” he said while congratulating the Central Library for organizing the event.

To commemorate the World Book Day, Department of Libraries and Research organized a day-long book exhibition at S.P.S. Library Srinagar. The day is observed annually across the world to promote book reading culture.

Deputy Director Libraries and Research Shaheena Khan inaugurated the exhibition where collection of books including Quranic manuscripts,  paintings, references and some rare books were put on display.

Meanwhile, similar function to showcase rare books was held at District Library Kupwara. People from all walks of life turned up at the book exhibition.

Four books released

This week four books were released across Kashmir division by as many authors during literary functions.

Emerging novelist F Azad Delnavi’s latest fiction Sukoot was released at function held at Boys Higher Secondary School Delina Baramulla.

The function was jointly organised by Kashmir Bazm-e-Adab and Markuz Shaer-o-Adab.

The function was presided by Aziz Hajini, Convenor of Sahitya Akademi Kashmiri Board. A paper on the book was also resented on the occasion. A poetry session also graced the occasion in which around thirty  poets presented their work.

In another function Dramhuk Vestaar, a collection of stage radio-TV plays was released by renowned poet, writer and broadcaster Farooq Nazki at Tagore Hall here.

The book has been authored by renowned play-writer Showkat Shahri. ‘Dramhuk Vestaar’ has collection of three stage plays three radio play and two-tele scripts. The writer has also written a detailed article on theatre play.

At Tral a teenager, Asrar-ul- Haq, 18 released his maiden collection of poetry, “Breeze” during a literary function at Future Vision Model School.

The 55 page poetry book which is centered on nature and divinity. “The book, which is in English language carries message of nature,” Asrar told, adding that he hopes it will attract readers to the essence of nature.

“Breeze” is published by Notion Press Chennai and is available on e-commerce websites including Amazon and Flipkart.

At the Linguistic Department of Kashmir University a 2nd year student Sarah Mahjan  released her Ist English poetic Collection ” TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN”. The  function was presided over by renowned writer, Educationist Prof Shafi Shouq, who also read his paper on the said poetic collection.