Weekly Notes

Interactive literary function held at Haigam

Sopore: An interactive literary function titled Mulaqat was held at Govt. Higher Secondary School Haigam, Sopore, in which writers, poets, students and art lovers  had a chance to interact with noted literary personalities, Qazi Bilal Delnavi, an academy awardee writer, and Sufi poet Mohiuddin Gulshan.

The function was organised by Jammu Kashmir Saqafti Markaz Budgam in collaboration with Gulshan-e-Ilm-o-Adab Kanispora. The event started with Quranic recitation and Na’at Khwani. The chief guest on the occasion was noted poet Bashir Chirag, whereas prominent personality Dr Haneef Tareen and prominent broadcaster Satish Vimal and poet Majeed Masroor were part of the chair.

On the occasion Rashid Kanispori presented a detailed paper on the life and work of writer, poet and translator Delnavi. Aadil Ismael presented a similar paper, wherein life and work of poet Mohiudin Gulshan was covered.

An interactive session with the two personalities was also held. The audience posed a wide range of questions to guests on their life and work. The lively session saw the poets delving deep into their lives and sharing their experiences with the younger generation.

On the occasion Delnavi was presented Baba Shukr-ud-Din award 2019 award  and Gulshan was given Baba Zainuddin Reshi (RA) 2019 award. In addition to it, Zahoor Haigami and Rasheed Tanha were given State Literary Award and Aadil Ismaeel bagged Young Journalist Award.

Maraz Adbi Sangam felicitates Dr. Aziz Hajini

Srinagar: Maraz Adbi Sangam in collaboration with Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) on Saturday felicitated poet and former Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) Dr. Aziz Hajini, recalling his immense contribution in the field of art and culture.

The function was presided by noted poet Ghulam Nabi Aatish, while as other dignitaries included noted poet and broadcaster Farooq Nazki, Director Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) Gulzar Ahmad Dar, and Yousuf Jehangir.

Speaking on the occasion, noted poet and broadcaster Nazki highlighted his contribution in the literary field–saying that Hajini has immensely contributed in the field and became a bridge between three distinct regions of the state. Gulzar, on the occasion said that the felicitation to Dr. Hajini by cross section of the society speaks volumes about his sincere and dedicated work done in various capacities during his long tenure.

Former Director Education, Mohammad Rafi, former directors of Radio Kashmir Srinagar, including Rafiq Raaz, Rukhsana Jabeen, Poet and academic Bashar Basheer, Poet GR Hasrat Gadda, noted satirist and poet Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Iqbal Nazki, noted actor Ayash Aarif, noted poet Ayoub Sabir, and president Adbi Markaz Kamraz Farooq Rafiabadi were also present on the occasion.

Professor Muhammad Zaman Azurdah presented a citation and shawl to Dr. Hajini while as Kashmiri Languages Organization also presented a shawl to Hajini as mark of respect and affection.

On the occasion, cultural wing of the DIPR, presented a colorful cultural programme–enthralling the audience.

Art exhibition held at Kashmir University

Srinagar: An exhibition of famous art works of world renowned artists, including M F Hussain, was held at Central Asian Museum, Kashmir University.

According to organisers the exhibition was organised in the honour of NAAC peer team. The exhibition hosted the art work of B C Sanyal, N S Bendre, Bimal Das Gupta, Haneef, Sankho Chaudhari, A S Panwar, G R Santosh, Vasudhev, J Sultan Ali, Balkrishna Patel, Bansi Parimoo, Gayoor Hassan and others.

The exhibition was jointly organised by Institute of Music and Fine Arts and Central Asian Museum. “We have a treasure trove of artefacts and paintings at the university. The aim of the exhibition was to showcase the same to the general public and NAAC team,” said one of the officials. “Though we had kept it a low profile exhibition, but it received huge word of mouth publicity and thousands of students and art lovers visited it. Number of schools and colleges also visited the exhibition to get witness these masterpieces.”

Vandalised Burzahom faces delisting from UNESCO

Srinagar: Expressing deep concern on the vandalisation of 5000 year old Burzahom archaeological site, experts have warned that if the site is not protected, UNESCO will be compiled to delist the site from its heritage tentative list.  A cricket field, and other encroachments, art the site is the case in point.

The issue was highlighted during a conference at the centre for central Asian studies, department of archaeology Kashmir University, which was attended by faculty members, research scholars, archaeology students and others. The experts stated the gloomy state of affairs in the preservation of Kashmir archaeological remains particularly vandalism at Burzhom, the UNESCO world heritage tentative list site. “This site is described in UNESCO listing as a unique comprehensive story teller of life between 3000 BCE to 1000 BCE. The whole site has been converted into a cricket field. It was worrying that now officials are sponsoring cricket tournaments there. This tantamount to extreme kind of vandalism and may lead to its delisting by UNESCO,” said Saleem Beg, State convenor INTACH, at the conference. “Further it will remove the most significant layer of our prehistory and also obliterate chances of any further site investigation. This needs immediate attention of ASI and the State Government.”

In its listing UNESCO describes Burzhom with rich historical wealth. “The results of excavations have provided dynamics of interchange of ideas between central Asia and South West Asia through the valley of Kashmir which acted as a bridge between higher Himalayas and beyond on the one hand, and Gangetic plains and peninsular India on the other hand during the third millennium B.C,” says UNESCO

Touyiba, just 12, debuts with fantasy novel

Srinagar: A 12 years old Touyiba Binti Javaid of Dadsara village has become one of the youngest authors in Kashmir with the debut of her novel Luna Spark & The Future Telling Clock.

Daughter of a dentist father and professor mother, Touyiba was fond of writing from early childhood. She has been writing poems for many years, many of which are still unpublished.

Touyiba spends most of her time in writing stories and poems, besides watching television and playing with younger brother. She said that she always loved story writing, build characters and develop stories out of them.

A class 7 student at DPS Srinagar, Touyiba said that her book ‘Luna Spark’ is based on imagination and characters in her novel are actually cats with different names.

She cites her Geronimo Stilton and her grandfather for writing this Novel. Her work has been acknowledged in the academic circles.

”At just 11, such an attempt is praiseworthy. I am really glad she had a flair for writing. What I liked the most is the shape of sentences, clarity of this sort is admirable. Though she has a long way to go; her short and crisp lines convey a lot about her. The plot, the sequence, the scene, the story everything comes later. First is the clarity of the prose that counts,” writes the columnist Aijaz ul Haq.

The book has been published with help from J & K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.