WEEKLY NOTES

Late GN Gauhar’s Irfan-e-Noor released

Srinagar: A four volume study on the life and works of Sheikh ul Alam (RA) by late G N Gauhar was released today at a literary function.  Remembering the renowned writer and researcher on his first death anniversary,  the function was organised at Gauhar’s native place in Charar-e-Shareef.

On the occasion, another book, a collection of poems by Sadoor Kashmiri titled ‘Ate Gand Dyoul Goum’ was also released.

The seminar was organized by Kashmir Markez-e-Adab Sakafat and saw participation of many people. The speakers on the occasion highlighted Gauhar’s contribution to the field of Kashmiri literature.

One of the speakers while highlighting the various aspects of Gauhar’s life termed him a prolific writer who wrote 63 books, out of which 16 are on Sheikh ul Alam (RA) alone.

Senior journalist and author Zahir ud Din called Gauhar an unrecognised gem. He said that Gauhar has contributed in the field of political journalism as well. “Two books by Gauhar on Hazratbal and Elections in Jammu and Kashmir stand out for me as masterpieces,” he said.

Renowned poet, writer and critic Professor Zaman Azurdah hailed the contribution of GN Gauhar to Urdu literature. “His style was different. He wrote on different topics and with flair. He wrote in Kashmiri, Urdu and English,” he said. Calling GN Gauhar’s work as an inspiration, Azurdah said that, “we have to keep working for the uplift of the Kashmiri language.”

KU Urdu book exhibition a hit, sales to the tune of Rs 50 lakh

Srinagar: Giving hope that all is not lost when it comes to book reading culture in the valley, the organisers of nine day book exhibition in University of Kashmir revealed that they received an overwhelming response from book lovers as the sales touched Rs 50 lakh. The exhibition was organised with an aim to promote Urdu language, by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), New Delhi. 85 book sellers, publishers and institutions, participated in the exhibition, which received visitors from all around the valley. Adding to the attraction National Book Trust (NBT), Urdu Academies of some states, JK Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy and some other local and outside institutions were also part of the event.

The organisers while briefing about the activities of the nine day event said that 23 cultural, literary and educational programmes were held during  the exhibition. Giving account of sales, the officials said that Urdu books worth Rs 50 lakh were sold during the exhibition. They agreed that it was way above expectations and showcased love for Urdu language in the society.

NCPUL at its own stall sold books worth Rs 5.5 lakh while as the rest of sales were bagged by other publishers and booksellers participating in the programme. With overall festive atmosphere, the publishers and outsiders hailed the courtesy and hospitality of  Kashmiris.

Dr Aqeel, director of NCPUL, expressed hope that Kashmir would emerge as a new epicentre of Urdu language. On this occasion he also announced setting up of a sale centre of NCPUL publications on the university campus.

On the concluding day of the exhibition, a function was organised in which the  winners of different competitions, held on the sidelines of the exhibition, belonging to various universities, colleges and schools, were awarded trophies, certificates and books.

Shad Ramzan elected as chairman Ahad Zargar Memorial Research Foundation

Srinagar: Renowned poet, critic and former head of Kashmiri department, University of Kashmir, Prof Shad Ramzan has been elected as the chairman of Ahad Zargar Memorial Research Foundation. The elections of Ahad Zargar Memorial Research Foundation were held on Monday in presence of patron of the foundation, Khursheed Ahmad Zargar.

In a statement, the foundation said that the elections were held in cordial atmosphere to elect a new executive body. The statement said that Dr Shad Ramzan chairman,  Shoukat Farooqi vice chairmam, Rafiq Raz general secretary, Imdad Saqi organiser, Shahbaz Hakbari secretary, Nisar Ahmad publicity secretary (Social media ), Nisar Ahmad  Bala cashier were elected for the  term. They said that members of advisory council and executive body will be nominated by the elected body after taking oath.

The statement said a meeting was also conducted by Zarif Ahmad Zarief where various issues were discussed particularly publication of Rangmor, holding annual day function and re-publication of Kuliyatte Ahad Zargar. Activities for 2019-20 were also discussed during the meeting. Sub-committees which are already in place were asked to file their report with regard  to various issues and activities,’ the statement said.

Literary function organised to mark Hajini Day celebrations

Bandipora: Variety of literary activities were carried out during the annual Prof Mohiudin Hajini day celebrations at Degree College Hajin, Banidpora on  Sunday.  Terming late Hajini as a symbol of Kashmir Identity speakers said that Prof Hajini worked for the development of Kashmir identity and fought tactical oppression and cultural onslaught till last while taking the people along.

Galaxy of scholars, academics and intellectuals on Sunday participated in the day long Hajini Day at Hajin and deliberated on the issues pertaining to Kashmiri language, identity and culture. They also deliberated on the life and times of Prof Hajini during the event. The function was organised by Halqa-e-Adab Sonawari in collaboration with State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages under the supervision of AMK J&K.

The function was presided over by former Chief Secretary Muhammad Shafi Pandith, Vice Chancellor Central University Prof Meraj ud Din Mir, while former Secretary JKBOSE Bashir Ahmed Dar and President AMKJK Farooq Rafiabadi shared the presidium.

During the event Vice Chancellor Central University Kashmir Meraj ud Din Mir announced the establishment of Kashmiri Department at Central University, while former Secretary JKBOSE Bashir Ahmed Dar delivered the Hajini Memorial lecture wherein he deliberated upon the issues pertaining to Kashmiri language in the academics.

Dar urged that scholars and intellectuals should come forward to work for the development of Kashmiri language across the academic section in the state.

In his presidential address, Former Chief Secretary Muhammad Shafi Pandith threw light on the teachings and philosophy of late Mohi-ud-Din Hajini and said that he was a prolific writer of his age and worked for the upliftment of Kashmiri language and literature with a missionary zeal.

Dr Aziz Hajini Convenor Kashmiri Sahityia Academy during the opening remarks said that Prof Hajini was a symbol of Kashmiri identity who fought against the exploitation toll his last.

On the occasion, this year’s Khil’ati Hajini was awarded to Prof Basher Basheer. Three books one by Shakir Shafi and two authored by Rashid Jehangiri were also released on the occasion.

Open-air Kashmiri music, cultural event held at Doodhpathri

Budgam: The first ever open-air Kashmiri music and cultural event was organized at the scenic meadows of Doodhpathri in Budgam on Saturday, organisers said in a statement. “Dozens of Kashmiri folk artists and musicians from various parts of Kashmir performed at the event, ‘Vath’, which attracted hundreds of locals, students and tourists,” they said.

“The idea behind the event was to promote the Kashmiri language and culture among the young audience. The reason they chose Doodhpathri as the venue was to give audience a feel of Kashmir’s stunning landscape and it’s rich culture,” they added.

Rizwan Javed, the co-founder of the Srinagar based startup SlickRoute, that organized the event, said “Vath” was organised to provide an opportunity and a platform for tourists, locals, and businesses from all over Kashmir to celebrate the rich history and heritage of Kashmir for centuries. “We have somehow become distant from the language and the culture, especially the young people of Kashmir. Vath was an effort to revive the interest,” Javed said.

The locals and tourists who attended the event were left in awe by Bandpather performed by Rayees Wathori and his troup. Other performances included Ladisha and Sufiyana Kalam, there was also a performance by national award winner Manzoor -ul- Haq. A painting exhibition was also held at the event.

The other co-founder of SlickRoute, Asif Firdous, said, “Kashmiri music and art has not picked up as nobody has marketed it well.”