Munawwar, Sagar among winners of Sahitya Akademi Awards 2019

Srinagar: Two Kashmiri poets Naji Munawwar and Sagar Nazir have been selected for Sahitya Akademi 2019 awards under different categories among four writers from the State. The duo has been approved for prestigious award for their poetry collections. In total, the Akademi announced a list of 22 winners of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 23 recipients of the Yuva Puraskar for this year.

Renowned writer Naji Munawwar 85, from Shopian has been awarded Baal Sahitya Puruskar for his book Shuren Hund Naji. Naji was selected among eight authors for the award and has earlier been awarded by the literary body for the year 2003.
Sagar Nazir, a young poet from Pattan, has been awarded Yuva Puruskaar of Sahitya Academy for the year 2019 for his book Ther Aangnech. Sagar is a poet, critic, cultural activist and translator of book Our Valley.

From Jammu, Vijay Sharma emerged as winner for his Dogri Poetry “Larjaan” while Sunil Kumar was declared winner for his short story “Sees” in Dogri language.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has congratulated  Vijay Sharma and Naji Munauwar on being conferred with the Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Bal Sahitya Pursakar Awards for 2019’ and Sunil Kumar and Sagar Nazir on being conferred Sahitya Akademi’s ‘Yuva Puraskar Award, 2019’.

Wadoo’s ‘My Land, My Kashmir’ released

Srinagar: Nationally-acclaimed writer M S Wadoo’s book, ‘My Land, My Kashmir’ was released this week in Srinagar during a function organised by Kashmir Society International.

Published by Gulshan publications, the book is based on the forest, environment and history of Kashmir.

Wadoo has written 20 books till now. His books on Hajj, ecology and history of Kashmir have proved to be very beneficial for researchers and knowledge seekers. Despite being bed ridden for the past five years, Wadoo has worked tirelessly on his books.

Female poets, writers  participate in literary function at GHSS Kothibagh

Srinagar: As a part of the National level programme series, the National Academi of letters, Sahitya Akademi New Delhi, organized a literary programme titled Nari Chaitna  at GHSS Kothi bagh here on Thursday.

Aimed at empowerment of female writers and poets, the programme was inaugurated by Convener Kashmiri Advisory board Sahitya Akademi New Delhi, Dr Aziz Hajini. The female poets of Kashmiri language mesmerized the audience especially students of GHSS Kothi Bagh who have opted for literature as special study at +2 level. The poets who participated in the programme included Prof Naseem Shafaiee, Saba Shaheen, Shayista Akhter, Rehana Kouser and Shameema Tabasum.

In his inaugural address, Dr Aziz Hajini stressed on the need to educate the new generation of Kashmir with their rich heritage, culture and literature. He emphasized the role of teachers and parents in this direction.

Principle GHSS Kothi Bagh Romana Qazi while welcoming the guests assured full spot to such initiatives in future also. Besides teachers and lovers of literature, members of Kashmiri Advisory Board of Sahitya Akademi, Dr. Shayista Ahmad, Shabnam Tilgami were also present on this occasion.

Jammu Kashmir Cultural Council formed to preserve cultural wealth of State

Srinagar: With the aim to preserve the cultural wealth of the state, a conglomerate of more than a dozen literary, cultural and artistic organisations came have joined to form Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Council (JKCC) on Tuesday.

Acknowledging that the different elements of the society’s cultural heritage were facing an unprecedented challenge in the shape of neglect, ignorance, prejudice and like, the Council, in its maiden session decided to make comprehensive and concerted efforts for the preservation of language, literature, arts and folk forms.

“It underscored the need for exploring ways and means of aligning the new generation with such genuine  efforts so that our cultural riches are conserved well for posterity. Known figures from the world of letters, culture  and media who attended the session declared in one voice that a formal campaign would be launched across J&K to create a platform of cultural oneness which in due course of time could become a formidable pressure group exerting its influence in relevant democratic institutions for sound decision-making on cultural front,” read the statement.

All members of JKCC who participated in its first meeting today nominated eminent litterateur and cultural activist G R Hasrat Gada as its Patron while well known broadcaster Ashfaq Lone was nominated as General Secretary. Other members of JKCC who participated in the meeting are Showkat Shehri, Nisar Naseem, Tanha Nizami, Rashid Gamgeen, Gulshan Badrani, Shahjahan Bhagat, Waheed Jeelani and Dilbar Poshkari. Prominent names from the world of arts and culture from across the state were nominated to the general body of the Council. They include Dr Agnishekhar, Peerzada Abdal Mahjoor, Majeed Masroor, Maqbool Ferozi. Naushad Gayoor, Nasreen Mohsin, Sajad Kargili, Rahim Rizwan, Shakil Azad, Maqbool Veeray, Maqbool Shaida, G M Nousoz, Nazim Nazir, Tsering Rigzin, Bihari Kak, Fayaz Dilber and Hilal Kashmiri.

AUM holds award ceremony, calls for promotion of Urdu language

SRINAGAR: Various poets and writers of the state Tuesday threw light on the importance for the promotion and propagation of Urdu language in the state. They impressed that individual and collective efforts be undertaken to seek a status for Urdu language in the literary world it deserves.

The event was organised by Alimi Urdu Majlis (AUM) Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Unit to award and felicitate various writers and poets of the state in its annual prize distribution ceremony here.

Vice Chancellor of the Kashmir University Prof. Talat Ahmad who was chief guest on the occasion threw light on the importance for the propagation of Urdu language in the state.

Talat impressed upon the audience to work towards upholding the status of the Urdu language it deserves and assured all support from Kashmir University in this direction.

He also said that efforts are on way for the establishment of Urdu Academy in the state that will go a long way in the protection of the Urdu language.

Director Information Gulzar Ahmad Shabnum while speaking on the occasion applauded the efforts of the Majlis in its propagation of the Urdu language. He also assured the Majlis his individual and departmental support in all its future endeavours that are directed towards the upliftment of Urdu language.

Ghulan Nabi Khayal in his presidential address thanked the organisation in its efforts it takes in Delhi and in the state. However he rued the fact that none of the Urdu writers from the state of Jammu and Kashmir has been awarded Sahitya Academy award and said that Urdu language is not being given the place it deserves.

Prof. Hamidi Kashmiri was awarded posthumously for his role in the promotion of Urdu language. Her wife took award on his behalf.

Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Rafiq Raaz, Bashir Chirag, Akash Amin and Salim Pandith were others awarded  for their commendable role in promotion of the language. Gulzar Ahmad Shabnum and Dr Shamim Akhtar were also felicitated on the occasion.

The awardees were presented with a memento, shawl and Certificate of Honour.

Later, a Mushaira was also held wherein various poets recited their collections which mesmerized the audience.

Dr Hanief Tarin President of the Majlis presented a vote of thanks.

Inter-District Naatiya Qawali competition held at Budgam

BUDGAM: An inter-district Naatiya Qawali competition was held this week at Sheikh-ul-Alam Hall Budgam.

The daylong programme, organised by Cultural Wing of Department of Education Budgam, was witnessed by a large gathering of district officers, education officers, faculty members, students and senior citizens.

The programme was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner, Budgam Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar. In her welcome address CEO Budgam, Fatima Tak elaborated on the purpose of organizing the event. She said that cultural wing has chalked out a schedule of such events and other related activities which the department is going to organize at other places across the district.

Speaking on the occasion, the DDC appreciated the organizers for organizing of the event and said, it is our collective and moral responsibility to encourage and appreciate their aspirations and enhance their skills so that they can perform with more enthusiasm and interest at bigger platforms and excel in their endeavors”.

She also observed that cultural activities bring forth the inherent potential of the children and helps in developing over-all personality. While appreciating the efforts of the department, she stressed on organizing vibrant and multifaceted events, showcasing rich cultural and linguistic diversity of the state.