Two novels by young authors released

Srinagar: In two separate functions two novels by young authors were released in Srinagar.

The first book “Mystery of blue roses” by a young novelist from downtown Srinagar Mahpara Khan was released at Shahenshah Palace hotel. The book release was presided over by noted author Prof Shafi Shauq. Mahpara said that she has been working on the novel since her 9th class. The novel of literary adventure fantasy genre revolves around a person trapped in a conflict with a hope and belief in a better future. The organisers in a statement said Mahpara Khan is a budding novelist, short story writer and a book reviewer. “She is one of  the youngest female writers of Jammu and Kashmir, who has written three volumes,” it said. The present novel is the first edition.

The speakers who were present on the occasion appreciated the young novelist and said that the young poets, novelists should continue writing and inspire others.

The second novel “Sure” written by 19-year-old Raafat Gilani was released here on Sunday.

Set in Spain during the Spanish civil war, the book follows the life of two friends as the trauma of war rends their lives apart, the statement said.

Rafaat said, “I wanted to move away from the common narrative of speaking about Kashmir, and yet I wished to write about the theme of war which is familiar to us.”

The book will be available on all e-commerce stores and on Freshcode Books online store.


Rafiabad Adbi Markaz holds general council meeting, poetic symposia

Rafiabad: Rafiabad Adbi Markaz this week held its General Council Meeting at Nowpora which was attended by majority of its members and was hosted by its former president GM Tawheedi prior to his departure for Haj Pilgrimage.

Dr. Rafeeq Masoodi, patron of the 24 year old organisation while speaking on the occasion called for sustained literary pursuits to continue the legacy of established writers and poets and encourage emergence of new talent. He said that  Rafiabad is full of talent which needs to be promoted. The senior members of the organisation Shahnaz Rasheed, Shabir Ahmad Shabeer, GM Tawhidi, Sarwar Bulbul, Mir Akbar Rafiabadi and others spoke on the occasion.

Many important decisions regarding holding of next elections, annual conference and publication of its representative journal TA’ABEER were also discussed. Masoodi appreciated the open house discussion which was constructive and inclusive of everyones views. The meeting also discussed various challenges facing the world of art and literature and how to overcome them.

Later a poetic symposium was also held which was presided over by revered guest writer-scholar Ranjoor Tilgami. Poets who presented their poetic expressions included Elyas Azad, Nisar Azam, Sarwar Bulbul, Ramzan Jawhar, Tariq Ahmad Tariq, Shahnaz Rasheed, Hassan Azhar, Hassan Zarin, GM Tawhidi, Shabnum Gulzar and many others. Ranjoor Tilgami in his presidential address said that Rafiabad is an abode of stalwarts and creative people. “It is full of talent of all literary genres, hence it should take lead in leading the literary movement of Kashmiri language,” he said.

The event concluded with warm and traditional send off to GM Tawheedi who is leaving for  Haj next week.


Fazil Kashmiri remembered on 15th anniversary

Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in coordination with

Fazil memorial committee organised a literary function at its seminar Hall Lal Mandi to remember renowned poet Fazil Kashmiri on his 15th anniversary.

The function was presided by Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani and guest of honour was former DG Doordarshan Dr Rafeeq Masoodi. Zeeshan Fazil and Chief Editor JKAACL Mohammed Ashraf Tak were also present in the presidium.

The event was attended by poets, authors, scholars and lovers of Kashmiri language. 

Fayaz Dilbar presented a paper on the literary genius of Fazil Kashmiri. The speakers said that the best way of paying tributes to our legendary poets and scholars was to ensure the preservation and promotion of our mother tongue Kashmiri.

On the occasion Naats and poems written by Fazil Kashmiri were rendered by Naat Khwans and singers. Famous Kashmiri singer Abdul Rashid Hafiz mesmerised the audience by giving voice to powerful lyrics penned by Fazil Kashmiri.

On the occasion Prof Majrooh Rashid, Rafiq Raaz and Abdul Ahad Farhad were given Fazil Memorial Award.


Bhaderwah hosts multilingual music concert

Bhaderwah: Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages (JKAACL) Doda organised a multilingual musical concert ‘Mehfil-e-Mousqi’ at Lal Ded auditorium of Bhadarwah University campus on Tuesday.

The musical concert organised by JKAACL was primarily aimed at to promote Art and Culture of Jammu and Kashmir in Chenab Valley.

Various eminent singers from across the state including, Shazia Bashir, Manzoor Ahmad Shah and Party, Farooq Ahmed Khookhar, Aijaz Bhadarwahi, Sajad Sheikh, Firdous Ahmed Bhat, Amit Katal, Maan Singh and others performed for the jam packed auditorium during the event.

Director All India Radio Bhadarwah Inayat Gowhar was the chief guest on the occasion, while Cultural Officer JKAACL Office Doda, Assadullah Wani presided over the function. Famous Poet Sajid Sarmadi conducted the proceedings of the event.

Cultural Officer JKAACL Office Doda, Assadullah Wani said that the motive of organising a multilingual Mehfil-e-Mousiqi in this remote area is that people in general and young generation in particular should experience the magic of live performance by famous Urdu and Kashmiri folk artists, which can eventually encourage local singers to persue singing as a serious profession.

Prominent among those who were present during the function include Assistant Cultural Officer Doda Sallah-ud-Din, poet Sagar Sehrai, Arif Khateeb, Kuljeet Singh and others.


DIC organize Mehfil-e-Mushaira at  Pulwama

PULWAMA:District Information Centre (DIC), Pulwama in collaboration with District Cultural Society today organized a Mehfil-e-Mushaira at town hall Pulwama  in which the poets mesmerized the audience with their poetic recitations.

 Fayaz Tilgami and Bashir Kaleem were Chief Guests, while noted poet Ayoub Sabir, Mushtaq Kulgami, Shakeel Azad presided over the literary event.

 During the mushaira G.M Maskoor, Taj-un-Nisa, Javid Qalmi, Rafiqa Bano, Majaz Farooq, Masrat Nowpori, Gul Shakeel and other poets recited their poetry which enthralled the audience.

 On the occasion, the yearly magazine “Prav” and the “Daricha” poetry collection of Sheikh Gulzar was also released.


Russian folk, modern stories get Kashmiri Translation

SRINAGAR: A cultural organisation JK Cultural Council in collaboration with Department of Information and Public Relations today organized a book release function here at DIPR Media Complex in which a Kashmiri translation of Russian writings was released.

Translated by Maharaj Krishan Mawa Masroor, ‘Poz te Apuz’ is the Kashmiri translation of Russian Folk and Modern stories.

Speaking on the occasion, Mawa said it is the burning passion which makes the literary works worth reading and same has been on his part as far as the said book is concerned.

Speaking as the Chief Guest, Director Information and Public, Gulzar Ahmad congratulated Mawa for his book and said that translation of Tolstoy’s works in Kashmiri language is a distinction for him.

He said that translation of literature of the other languages in Kashmiri is a valuable addition to its literature. He said that translations act as building force amongst different linguistic nations.

He said that DIPR is going to restore its publications in different languages being mandated to promote these.

The function was held in presence of a large number of writers, poets, broadcasters and intellectuals including President JK Cultural Council, G R Hassarat Gadda; G M Aajir; Satish Vimal; Pyarai Hatash, Aftab Ahmed, Bashir Aarif, Zeeshan Fazil, Nissar Naseem and others.

On the occasion, speakers highlighted the role of Mawa in the literary circles and also emphasized on the need for bringing together the writers of all forms of literature. They also suggested for establishment of Art Gallery in Srinagar, where various forms of art can be put together.

Mawa is a noted writer who has three literary publications to his name which includes Bakshanhar Te Surgik Wat Pad, Jowhare Kayinat and Desi Dawa Te Desi Elaj.


Workshop on “Developing Reading & Writing Skills

A 2-Day Workshop on “Developing Reading & Writing Skills: Methods & Techniques” was organized by the Department of Islamic Studies in collaboration with Debates & Seminar Committee of Govt. Degree College Pulwama on 10th  and 11th of  July, 2019. The major objective of this Workshop was to provide the students a platform not only to learn and understand the basic rules, methods and techniques of Reading and Writing, but also to help them in expressing and exploring their skills, abilities, and potential as ‘emerging’ writers in their respective interesting fields.

There were five (5) technical sessions, in addition to Inaugural and Valedictory sessions. The workshop concluded with the distribution of certificates and memento’s among the participants and resource persons and finally with a vote of thanks.