Exhibition showcasing work of legendary artists ends in KU

Srinagar: An art exhibition which was originally slated for a week long affair but had to be extended to two weeks due to demand of art lovers, ended this week at Central Asian Museum, Kashmir University.

The exhibition put at display 25 paintings and seven sculptures from famous pre and post independence India. According to organisers the exhibition was organised in the honour of NAAC peer team, but evoked huge response from students and general public. The exhibition hosted the art work of M F Hussain, 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 had organized the exhibition as a low key affair without any publicity. But people came to know about it through social media and word of mouth publicity,” said an organizer. “More than 4000 people visited the exhibition.”

The entire artifact collection belongs to Institute of Music and Fine Arts.

Ulvi’s ghazal collection Asrar-e-Ludhni released

Ganderbal: A ghazal collection Asrar-e-Ludhni penned by eminent Sufi poet Ghulam Mustafa Ulvi was released at a literary function held here.

The function was attended by a large gathering of poetry lovers and was presided over by Prof Shad Ramzan and Prof Bashar Bashir.

Ulvi, who prefers to remain away from limelight is one of the eminent poets whose other work includes Kashmiri translation of Rumi. “Ulvi is one of the legendary poets in whose writing one can find the continuity of old 19th century poetic style. He has added to the theme and thought process that has been part of Kashmir Sufi tradition,” said Prof Shad Ramzan who has also written forward for the book. “Ulvi is fluent in both Kashmiri and Persian, and he has a strong hold on Sufi poetry. That is why I always recommend his Rumi translation as he has gone deep into it to get the real meaning.”    

Ulvi who is from Kulgam, besides being a poet and writer, is considered as a religious scholar of high caliber. The speakers on the occasion highlighted various aspects of life and work of Ulvi. He was also felicitated on the occasion for his contributions.

Qirat competition held in Srinagar

Srinagar: A valley wide Husn-e-Qirat competition was organised by the Anjunam-e-Auqaf Jamia Masjid which was presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Clerics , Imams, Islamic Scholars, Prominent citizens and locals from various areas of Srinagar Participated in the function.

The Quran competition assumed more significance owing to the fact that the month of Ramadan is going on, the month in which holy Quran descended.
 In the Husn-e-Qirat program, Qaris from scores of education Institutions and Darul Ulooms from across the valley participated.
The first position was bagged by Qari Gazi Abu Bakar, of Darul Uloom Bilaliya, second position was bagged by Qari Talib Hussain of Darul Uloom Dawoodiya Srinagar, third by Qari Mushtaq Ul Islam of Markaz Al Maarif Bathendi Jammu, and fourth by Qari Ajaz Ahmad Bhat of Anwar Uloom Lolab. Mirwaiz, who chaired the session, distributed prizes among the winners while as the duties of jury were performed by Qari Inayat Ullah Qasimi, Qari Muhammad Ishtiyaq, and Qari Aijaz Ahmad Mir.
The function was moderated by Moulana M S Rehman Shams.
Prominent Islamic Scholars that include Molana Ahmad Sayed Naqashbandi, Moulana Inayatullah, Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon, Muhammad Yasin Shah and General Secretary of Awqaf Haji Altaf Ahmed, were also present on the occasion.

15-day Ramazan Festival begins at Kashmir Haat

Srinagar: A 15-day Ramazan festival commenced Tuesday evening at Kashmir Haat, here, with the aim to relive the spirit of festivity of this holy month. The festival is being organized by Department of Industries and Commerce, Kashmir in collaboration with Department of Culture, J&K.
To make the evenings mystic, the Naatia performances by famous Naat Khawns singers of Kashmir will be the main attraction of this festival besides, the food stalls of Kashmiri cuisine and food processing units will add to the charm of the festival.
Valley’s know singers including Rashid Jehangir, Muneer Mir, Waheed Jeelani, Zahida Taranum, Rashid Hafiz, Aijaz Sahir, Aijaz Rah, Gulzar Ganai, Manzoor Shah, Shazia Bashir , Qaisar Nizami, Shafi Sopori, Raja Bilal, Rehamatullah Khan, Farooq Ahmed Khokhar, Naseemul Haq, Kifayat Faheem, Qazi  Rafi will be performing during this fortnight festival, besides other artists will enthral  the audience with their performances.
 The organizers informed that the festival will also help in making the venue more vibrant and it will help in developing an interface between the Industry and common masses. The Department has decided to keep the entry free-of-cost for the public, to increase the participation.
 32 stalls have been setup by the Department of Industries and Commerce, Department of Handicraft, Department of Handloom, J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board JKI and J&K Handloom Development Corporation where various items will be made available for the sale to public. These includes handicraft, handloom products, food items, food processing units products.

Exhibition brings to light rare books

Srinagar: In a bid to make the youth of the Valley more aware about the culture, tradition, literature and history of the state, Shri Pratap Singh library organised a rare book and manuscript exhibition here. Rare Kashmiri, Persian, Hindi, Arabic and Sufi books were displayed at the exhibition on Sunday. Religious texts, including Quran and Geeta, were also exhibited. The exhibition attracted young people from various schools and colleges across the city.

A religious scholar Zahid Ahmad who visited the exhibition said, “such exhibitions prove to be fruitful as it improves the general knowledge of the young generation who have little or no clue about the history of the Valley.” Library’s Deputy Director echoed similar sentiments and said, “people are spending their extra time on internet and mobile phones these days. The youth does not have good knowledge about the history of Kashmir. These types of exhibitions will prompt them to write books.”

The library possesses a cache of rare and old books and manuscripts on varied subjects ranging from religion to science.

‘The Real Kashmir’ movie to be screened at Cannes Ad Film Festival

Srinagar: In a first Real Kashmir Football Club (FC) is all set to make a debut at the Cannes Ad Film Festival as the film made on the club in collaboration with Adidas will be screened at the prestigious festival.

“For seven decades, the world has seen only one side of Kashmir. As ‘Sports has the power to change lives’ as its driving philosophy, Adidas partnered with Real Kashmir FC, a rising football club from the strife-torn region, and decided to change the negative perception with which the world sees Kashmir”, Cheil Worldwide India, the top-notch advertising agency, said in a statement.

Cheil noted that they told their story across different mediums to create a brand new positive lens that would enable the world to see TheReal Kashmir. “We started with a 2 minute long film based on the true story of the club and their rise to the big leagues of India. We partnered with a leading Kashmiri newspaper to reorganize its news sections by bringing the sports page in front instead of the regular cover story of negativity. Then, we organized a photo exhibition in collaboration with the renowned street photographer, Prashant Godbole, showcasing Kashmir through the positive lens of football”, Cheil said.

In fact there are many firsts associated with the Real Kashmir FC. It became the first local football club to hire a former famous Scottish player David Robertson to coach the youngsters. David was playing for Rangers FC and Leeds United before taking up the coaching assignments.  Established in 2016, the Real Kashmir FC is only club from Kashmir to have played in Scotland.

In their debut season in the highly competitive I League Real Kashmir FC finished third on the table, and on the way beating power houses such as Mohun Bagan and eventual champions Chennai City FC.

Real Kashmir FC also had huge attendance in all home games played at the TRC astro-turf with an average attendance of 25000. In last I League also saw the first ever match played in snow when RKFC took and defeated Gokulam Kerala FC.

The Real Kashmir FC is like a mini-world with players of different states and nations proudly wearing the colours of this big family.

“This is dizzy stuff! @realkashmirfc to be featured at Cannes! Hope that fans & people celebrate & acknowledge the achievement of this bunch of boys going where none from Kashmir has ever gone amidst huge adversity and strife. Wonderful! @Festival_Cannes”, tweeted Haseeb Drabu, former finance minister.