Governor releases Tral girl’s debut book “Luna Spark”

Srinagar: The Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik, on Monday, officially released the book “Luna Spark”, written by Touyiba Binti Javaid, a resident of Dadasara village in South Kashmir’s Tral. 12 year Touyiba is a class 7th student at Dehli Public School (DPS) in Srinagar, who aims to write more books in future.

The book ‘Luna Spark & The Future Telling Clock’ was published by Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Srinagar, which is based on imaginative cats and “takes us in a Kingdom of fantasy in which anything can happen.”

Touyiba’s father Javaid Ahmad is a doctor by profession and her mother is an Assistant Professor in higher education department.

She spends most of her time in writing stories and poems, besides watching television and playing with younger brother.

For writing her first novel, people from nook and corner of valley has congratulated her and wished her good luck in future.

Qirat, Naat competition held at Baramulla

BARAMULLA: J&K Student and Youth Welfare Organization in collaboration with Government Higher Secondary School Boniyar today organised Qirat and Naat competition. Various students from different educational zones participated in the competition and performed with their soothing voices and evoked applause from audience. Best performing students were given awards and commendation certificates on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr G N Itoo appreciated the participants for their enthusiastic participation and said that such programmes have a positive impact on the social and mental development of students. He highlighted the importance of moral values and said that inculcating moral and religious education among students helps them to lead a pious and civilized life in the society.

Earlier, a similar event was organised at Govt Girls Higher Secondary School Baramulla, where Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Mohammad Ahsan Mir was the chief guest  and Chief Education Officer, G M Lone graced the function as guest of honour. The event was organised by the Cultural Education Wing of Chief Education Office Baramulla.

About 30 students recited Qirat and Naat and enthralled the audience. Best performing participants were appreciated with felicitation certificates and awards.

Dy CEO, district and sectoral officers, principals and headmasters of various educational institutions and various other concerned were present on the occasion.

JKAACL Kargil organizes multilingual Naatia Mushaira

KARGIL: In connection with the holy month of Ramadan, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Kargil today organized a district level multilingual Hamdia Naatia Mushaira at New Academy Complex Language Centre Kargil.

Around 25 poets from different parts of the district described the virtues of the holy month by rendering their poetic compositions in Urdu, Shina Dardi, Balti and Purgi languages.

Executive Councillor for Social Welfare Aga Syed Mujtaba Mosavi was the chief guest while as Superintendent of Police Kargil Dr Vinod Kumar was the guest of honour.

Speaking on the occasion, Aga Syed Mujtaba while hailing the efforts of Cultural Academy Kargil for having organized the literary event, said that literary gatherings of such nature are an ideal platform to give impetus to the art of religious poetry.

The poetic sitting was presided over by State Awardee poet Haji Sadiq Ali Sadiq while as poets who recited their compositions included Akhone Asgar Ali Basharat, Ghulam Ahmad Khan Jawan, Sadiq Ali Sadiq, Aga Syed Hadi Shah Aga, Jigmet Nurboo Khayal Ladakhi, Bashir Ahmad Wafa, Sibte Hassan Kaleem, Muhammad Asgar Asvi, Muhammad Jawad Jalib, Ashraf Ali Sagar, Nassir Hussain Khemat, Ghulam Murtaza Advocate, Muhammad Hussain Fayaaz, Raza Amjad Badgami, Muhammad Hanif Tantray, Tsewang Rigzin, Muhammad Yaseen Ansari, Taqi Khan Nayaab, Nissar Hussain Trespone, Fida Hussain Wazir Fida, Muhammad Ali Babaa, Zakir Hussain Karbalai, Sajjad Ali Shujaat and Mirza Mehdi Jaffary.

Mehjoor’s dream newspaper Gaash released in new avatar

Srinagar: Shair e Kashmir Mahjoor’s dream newspaper Gaash, which he started in 1940 was released in a new avatar of quarterly Kashmiri literary journal here on Monday.

“It was a revival of sorts for Kashmiri language and literature as “GAASH” arguably the first ever journal of Kashmiri literature to be published in past eight decades, was released in a graceful ceremony at the auditorium of Information Department in Srinagar,” the organisers said in a statement.

The statement said ‘Shairi Kashmir’ Mehjoor started publication of the first Kashmiri language newspaper way back in 1940. “However, the endeavour was cut short due to spiralling cost of newsprint in the wake of World War II. J & K Mahjoor Foundation had been contemplating the revival for quite some time and planned a new avatar for the publication in accordance with the present day demands of Kashmiri language and literature, which is how “GAASH” the News paper got converted into “GAASH” the quarterly  literary journal,” the statement said.  In collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and languages, Directorate of Information, Directorate of Education Kashmir, and Kashmir Book Promotion Trust, J and K Mehjoor Foundation, organised the event to mark the release of the quarterly language literary journal “GAASH”.

Eminent researcher and litterateur Muhammad Yousuf Teing presided over the event while noted jurist Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani graced the event as chief guest. Prominent personalities Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Rafeeq Raaz, Prof Shafi Shouq, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor, Dr. Abdul Ahad, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, Prof, Majrooh Rasheed were also present on the occasion. In course of the event several natiya renditions were made to honour the essence of the holy month of Ramadhan.

President J&K Mehjoor foundation Peerzada Abdal Mehjoor welcomed the guests. On the occasion speakers hailed the revival of “GAASH” as a worthy step and hoped that it would become a trend setter across the broad spectrum of Kashmiri language and literature.

District level Naatia Majlis held at Rafiabad

Baramulla: As part of Ramadhan Kareem celebrations, a grand District Naatia Mushaira was held in the Bag-i-Firdous of Government Higher Secondary Institute Dangiwacha Rafiabad.

Leading poets of Baramulla district participated in the vent. Through their beautiful words they praised the Prophet (PBUH), which audience listened and appreciated.

Some of the famed writers who participated in the event included Fayyaz Tilgami, Shahnaz Rasheed, Shabir Ahmad Shabir, Tanha Nizami, Ranjoor Tilgami, Nisar Azam, Hassan Azhar, Shabnum Gulzar, GH Tawheedu, Elyas Azad, Hassan Zarun, Tariq Ahmad Tariq, Yousuf Sameem, Sarwar Bulbul, Athar Bashir and others.

The school  is a historic 97 year old educational institute and is incidentally headed by Wani Manzoor, who himself is a poet of repute. Manzoor welcomed the participating guests to the event. Meanwhile civil society Rafiabad also appreciated the efforts of Manzoor, in organising such sacred events, which will instil good values among children.

The school administration and participating poets, writers and civil society had lot of praise for Dr Rafeeq Masoodi, who is an alumini of the historical 97 year old institution for bringing laurels to the entire Rafiabad in particular for his extra ordinary role in shaping up the socio-cultural cum literary fibre not only of state but on national level too.