WEEKLY NOTES

Aalmi Urdu Majlis organises  Mushaira

Srinagar: Aalmi Urdu Majlis (AUM), New Delhi this week organised a multi-lingual Mushaira here at Rawalpora, Srinagar.  Dr Haneef Tareen, President AUM and Vice President Bashir Chiraag hosted the function and welcomed the poets who had come from across the valley. Tareen said that AUM is committed to promote Urdu language and literature so that the glory of this sweet language is restored. He also praised the use of Urdu language in Kashmir particularly the Urdu media. The mushaira was chaired by Dr Nazir Ahmad. Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Sakafti Markaz Budgam. Mubarak Ahmad Mubarak was the chief guest on the occasion.

Those who participated in the mushaira included renowned poets Shahbaz Hakbari, Naazim Nazir, Dr Nazir and Khursheed Qureshi. Various speakers on the occasion deliberated on the condition of the language and steps needed to be taken for its revival.

A large gathering of poets from all over Kashmir participated in the event and mesmerised the audience with their writings. People from different fields of literature and language have welcomed the opening of AUM office in Kashmir and hoped that such endeavours will help in flourishing urdu language, besides providing platforms for the newer generation of writers.

Storytelling workshop ’Jhelum Fables’ starts in a houseboat

Srinagar: A five-day visual storytelling workshop ‘Jhelum Fables’ kicked off at picturesque Roots houseboat situated on river Jhelum in Srinagar. The first of its kinds of visual storytelling workshop, held on a houseboat, aims to enhance creativity among the youth through writing and photography, the organisers said in a statement.

The workshop is conducted by Dr Tabeenah Anjum Qureshi, a Kashmiri origin journalist who is presently working in Jaipur, with a national English daily.

“The workshop is about observing, imagining and then writing about the photographs captured by the participants in the workshop. Apart from learning basics of photography and writing, the participants will be asked to make their own visual story with the help of two mediums – pen and camera, which we will be displayed on the last day of the workshop,”said Tabeenah Anjum, also a recipient of national award in photography conferred by I & B ministry , Government of India.

The Jhelum Fables is attended by Kashmiri youth hailing from different backgrounds such as engineering, humanities, IT, science etc. However, their common interests-creative writing and photography has brought them together.

“This workshop is close to my heart. It feels that I am giving back to Jhelum and the valley (my hometown) whose aesthetics has inspired my life. Such small attempts make a great difference to those who aim to excel in any art form. And there couldn’t have been an authentic place other than a traditional houseboat on river Jhelum,” added Tabeenah, who is equally passionate about teaching and is associates as a visiting faculty with reputed media institutes of India.

The organiser of the workshop is Roots Learning group, a student club whose objective is to conduct short courses and workshops on a variety of categories. The Roots group operating in a houseboat is an empowering space for students where an open exchange of ideas and dialogue can take place. “The idea was to establish a space where small workshops with a closed group can be held. The youth in Kashmir lack access and opportunities to art and culture in some sense. Our aim was to establish one such space. This is our first ever workshop and we chose visual storytelling by Tabeenah Anjum. This is just the beginning, we aim to conduct many such programs,”Mahi Burza, a young entrepreneur and founder of ROOTS, explained.

“The five-day workshop will commence on Saturday,” said the statement.

Joint committees to counter ‘anti- culture policies’

Srinagar: Scholars, literary activists and social workers on Monday unanimously decided to constitute committees to frame the modalities for fighting the elements and policies aimed at damaging the Kashmir Identity and language.

The activists pledged to save the language during a day long conference here at Cultural Academy. Terming the situation alarming at growing impact of language colonialism, the participants took oath to save the Kashmiri Language and identity here in Srinagar.

The event was organised by Adbi Markaz Kamraz. During the day long discussion speakers in unison decided to constitute a confederation which will fight for the safeguard of Kashmiri language and identity. Former Secretary JKAACL Aziz Hajini during his inaugural speech discussed the growing impact of cultural onslaught and appealed participants to come forward to safeguard the deteriorating condition of the language. Hajini said that cultural and language activists are disappointed with the government policies framed time to time for development of Kashmiri Language and identity.
”Politicians are misusing the word Identity, even they are getting capital out of it but they never worked for development of language and identity,” he said. Hajini presented the loopholes of government policies and appealed activists to come forward to fight for the cause of protecting language and identity.

Former Director Radio Kashmir and poet Rafiq Raaz said that everyone should join heads to strike back the onslaught initiated against the language identity. Mansoor Banhali who was representing Jammu division during the function said that time has come when activists across the regions should join their heart and head to frame the coherent strategy. Cultural activists Hasrat Gada suggested that representatives from all the literary units and forums needs to to be inducted in an inclusive and impactful committee to fight the ‘onslaught’. Former Convenor Sahityia Academy Kashmiri Prof Zaman Azrudahh during his presidential address said that time is to introspect as the gap between language and people especially youngsters is growing with every day.

Other who spoke on the occasion included Waheed Jeelani, Saleem Beigh, Ranjoor Teligami, Amin Bhat, Mir Tariq, Ashfaq Lone, Shakeel Qalander, Mushtaq Tantray, Ayesh Arif, Farooq Fayaz, Dr Ajez, Naseem Shafaie and others.

The event was attended by representatives of different cultural and literary organisation who later constituted the six member committee. The committee has to frame the draft within ten days for policy for safeguarding the language and identity.

Workshop on ‘Vetting & Editing of Kashmiri Translated Texts’ begins at KU

Srinagar:   A six-day workshop on “Vetting & Editing the Kashmiri Translated Texts” started here at University of Kashmir (KU) on Thursday.
The workshop is organised by the Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir in collaboration with National Translation Mission, Central Institute of Indian Languages Mysuru.
Inaugurating the workshop Vice Chancellor, KU Prof Talat Ahmad said “It is very important that our children should be able to understand our own mother language besides learning other languages. I hope this six-day workshop is going to be very useful for all the participants as well as for the society.”
In his presidential remarks Prof Talat also expressed his excitement over the performance of University in recent NAAC visit. “I congratulate University teachers, students, scholars and non-teaching staff for the recent results in NAAC visit. This is a proud moment for all of us. However we do not have to be complacent. We have to work hard till next NAAC visit so that university can be seen among top universities of the country.”
Dr Nisar A Mir, Registrar KU who was guest of honour on the occasion said “Language is an important component in defining any culture or society. I hope Kashmiri language would be taken at primary school level so that the translated books or texts can be read & can benefit us.”
While responding to the demand of establishing a language lab in the Department of Linguistics KU, he said “I assure you that University administration will be available in any sort of financial support in establishing a language lab for the department.”
The workshop was attended by scholars, students, faculty and former heads of different departments.
Welcoming all the participants Prof. Aijaz Ahmad, Head Department of Linguistics said “Interestingly J&K is home to various languages & dialects, it’s the responsibility of our department to conduct research on these languages.”
A journal titled Interdisciplinary Journal of Linguistics (IJL) was also released on the occasion.

CUK holds workshop on ‘Use of Hindi as Official Language: Challenges & Solutions’

Ganderbal: The Rajbhasha Cell of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Wednesday organised a one-day workshop on “Use of Hindi as Official Language: Challenges & Solutions” for the administrative staff of the varsity at Science Campus here.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, former Chairman, Rajasthan Sahitya Academy, Udaipur, Prof. Hetu Bhardwaj, former Head Department of Hindi, University of Kashmir, Prof. Zohra Afzal, Director Science Campus, Prof. Afzal Zargar and other functionaries of the university were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir congratulated the Rajbhasha Cell for organising the workshop. He highlighted the importance of learning different languages, including Hindi, for effectively communicating with people. “To sensitize the employees of the varsity about Hindi, the university’s Rajbhasha Cell is frequently conducting classes and has been successful in holding several workshops,” he said adding the administrative staff has evinced interest in learning the Rajbhasha. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said that several employees of the university have already passed the Prabodh, Praveen and Pragya programmes with flying colours.

Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka said that languages does not belong to any community, sect, region or religion. “Learning different languages can prove highly beneficial for the people,” he said and asked the participants to gain maximum knowledge about the Hindi from the experts during the programme. He said the administrative staff is now using Hindi in official work and correspondence.

Director Science Campus, Prof. Afzal Zargar, also hailed the Rajbhasha Cell for organising the workshop. He underscored the need for learning Rajbhasha, other languages and their literature, adding the officials of the university, during the years, had acquired huge knowledge about reading and writing Hindi.

Former Chairman, Rajasthan Sahitya Academy, Udaipur, Prof. Hetu Bhardwaj and former Head Department of Hindi, University of Kashmir, Prof. Zohra Afzal later conducted technical sessions wherein they threw detailed light on the history of Hindi and proper usage of its vocabulary. They also held a question answer session with the participants.

Hindi Adhkari, Sakina Akhter, gave a detailed resume of the events organised by the Rajbhasha Cell to promote Hindi. She also divulged the programme details and said the objective of organising the workshop was to keep the administrative staff abreast about the terminology used in the administrative work.