WEEKLY NOTES

Kashmiri Pheran showcased in New York city

Srinagar: After showcasing beautiful Kashmiri wear on the beaches of California last year, the evergreen pheran reached New York this summer as Kashmiri girls donning ethnic wear appeared in a photoshoot in New York City with a theme of Kashmiri State of mind.

The photo shoot was the brain child of Kashmiri-British blogger Sumaya Teli, whose last year california also grabbed headlines. Teli posted dozens of pictures of the shoot on her blog, “It’s the city of a million snapshots and a thousand fashion editorials but where Haute Couture has been photographed on the lakes of the Dal in Srinagar Kashmiri Embroidery has never been captured in a photo-shoot on the streets of New York,” she wrote.

She also writes about her desire, how she wished that some day she was spotted in traditional Kashmiri wear by hugely famous social media photographer Brandon of Humans of New York fame. It would have pushed Kashmiri dress on global limelight, but the chance encounter never happened and she had to take matters in her own hands. “Well, I never did bump into Brandon but that desire to exhibit these gorgeous pieces of traditional embroidery worn within a modern framework-put the Pheran on the map of New York City so to speak was a deep one.”

“I always knew I had something too precious and valuable to let go of in the worn tilla threads that scratched my face every time my grandmother lovingly took my head to her chest in one of her epic hugs,” she writes.

For the shoot, Sumaya teamed up with three models wearing Pherans with Tilla Embroidery. These included Suemyra Shah, a media and entertainment lawyer, Mehrunnisa Wani, a professor at the City University of New York and writer at Forbes and Faiqa Anbreen, an aerospace engineer.

The clothes were sourced from the Hamzaara label by Kashmiri New Yorker Nousheen Afzal who has started this business as a way of making Kashmiri clothes available to Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri clientele in the USA.

Mian Altaf  releases Zafar Iqbal’s Gojri  book  ‘Majboori’

Srinagar: Former Minister and prominent Gujjar leader  Mian Altaf Ahmad on Sunday released  Zafar Iqbal’s latest Gojri  book  ‘Majborri’ in a event was organised by Adbi Sangat Kashmir- an organisation working for development of tribal languages .

The programme was  held at Seminar Hall of J&K Cultural Academy at Lalmandi, this afternoon .

Dr Javaid Rahi ,  Chief Editor J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Noted Gojri writer Ch. Qaisar –ud- Din Qaisar,  President Adbi Sangat Ch Salam Din Bajad, were in the presidium.

Mian Altaf Ahmed, in his address appreciated the author of the book  Ch. Zafar Iqbal of Killar Pulwama  for his outstanding contributions to Gojri theatre and play writing genre. He stated that the plays included in the book reflect cultural heritage and ethos of  tribal society, besides enriching Gojri language.

Terming Gojri as an important language of State with a lot of literature he impressed upon Govt especially State Board of School Education  to include Gojri  language in schools curriculum in 11th and 12th as one of the languages of the state like Kashmir, Dogri and Ladakhi.

Qaisar ud Din Qaisar  in his address stated that Gojri is mother of  Gujarati, Rajasthani and Urdu. He  impressed upon cultural organisations  to hold more such purposeful event in the state to develop Gojri. He said congratulated Adbi Sangat Kashmir and  Zafar Iqbal for contributing a book in Gojri which will add to play writing in Gojri language.

Earlier Ch Rafaqat Gazi, read out a paper in Gojri about the book.

Photography exhibition highlights traditional culture of Kashmir

Srinagar: renowned photographer Mukhtar Ahmad in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) Department of Tourism on Sunday organised a photo exhibition here on Sunday to raise fund for Leprosy Hospital.

Though the theme of the exhibition was based on age-old culture and tradition of Kashmir, most of which is known to elder generation, but it attracted a large number of curious youths who wanted to know more about the subject. They were also seen enquiringabount the techniques involved in photographing such a sensitive subject.

“In my 35-year-old career, I have learned a lot of skills which I wish to share with budding photographers. My aim is to make them aware of the new developments in the field of photography. Also, they must know photography is not just about clicking pictures from phone, but to process the photos and get them to the market also comes under the procedure,” Ahmed, organiser and photographer, told ANI.

People believe that such unconventional exhibitions need more attention to not just inspire everyone for choosing photography as a serious profession but to also narrate an untold story of a place.

“I believe more promotion is needed for such unconventional exhibitions, which showcases the history of Kashmir with a modern touch. For example, at this photography exhibition there are so many shots of villages, paddy fields, spices and down town’s architecture which gives a glimpse of our culture that we have almost forgotten,” said Hurain, one of the visitors.

“Also, such exhibitions are like an inspiration for youths which proves that photography can be taken as a full-time thing (job) and not just part-time. Here every photo depicts professionalism in it, how every emotion and random moments have been caught on the camera, it’s all very inspiring,” she added.

Other than youths, the exhibition also garnered the attention of local and non-local visitors who enthusiastically purchased some attractive portrait depicting the culture, heritage, landscape and village life of Kashmir and Ladakh.

Vole Asenawath, book on satirical articles released

SRINAGAR: Vole Asenawath, a book on collection of humours and satirical articles written by Yousuf Gulshan was released in a function organised by ‘Karam Buland Folk Theatre’ in collaboration with the Department of Information and Public Relations at J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at Lal Mandi here.

Director Information, Gulzar Ahmad was chief guest on the occasion while as noted poets Zarief Ahmad Zarief and Dr. Shad Ramzan were the guests of honour.

Gulzar Ahmad appreciated the writer and called him the treasure in the field of humour writing. He said that Yousuf Gulshan has a distinction of selecting unique characters and plots for his satirical works and tries his pen in both poetry as well as verse.

Zarief Ahmad Zarief while addressing the gathering highlighted importance of humour writing in present day world and said that writers like Yousuf Gulshan deserve appreciation at all levels for his style of work.

The function was attended by Abdul Ahad Farhad, Satish Vimal, Ayoub Sabir, Nisar Naseem and other well-known writers, poets and broadcasters of the valley.

Mushaira, book release function held in Banihal

RAMBAN: Abdul Rahim Amma Foundation (ARAF) on Monday organised a Multilingual Mushaira and a book release function at Government Degree College (GDC) Banihal.

Prominent writers and poets hailing from different parts of state including Ayub Sabir, Manshoor Banhali, Dr. Khalid Rasool, Mohammad Iqbal Khan and Prof. Shahjahan Ganai   presided over the proceedings of Mushaira.

During the Mushaira various poets including Zahir Banhali, Ghulam Hassan, Mohammad Rafi, Bahar Ahmed Bahar, Showkat Ahmed and young budding poets recited their Shers (verses) and Ghazals in Urdu, Kashmiri and other local languages for promoting the local dialects.

Meanwhile “Khaka Nigari” Azadi Se Pehle- Azadi Ke Baad an Urdu book authored by Dr. Khalid Rasool was also released on the occasion to promote Urdu language.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Khalid informed that said book would be teach to the students of 2nd semester of graduation course in the colleges of Kashmir as well as Jammu University.

A colourful cultural programme was also presented by the artists, which was appreciated by the audience. Meanwhile writers and poets were felicitated and certificates and trophies were also awarded to the performers by the department.