Interactive cultural programme held in Budgam

Budgam: Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) in collaboration with Saqafti Markaz Budgam organised an interactive cultural programme wherein the audience had a chance to know about life and works of local writers and poets, Zareef Wadwani, Noorudin Hosh and Abdul Ahad Gotapuri.

The event was held under the Mulaqat series of programmes by the organisers at Wadwun Budgam.

Rashid Kanispori, a known writer was the chief guest on the occasion, besides noted writers Nazim Nazir, Majeed Masroor, Prof Abdul Rehman, Mubarak Ahmad Mubarak were present in the presidium.

The session started with Rashid Kanispori, Abdul Ahad and Ghulam Mohiudin presenting a paper each on the life and work of the three poets.

Number of scholars, writers, poets and art lovers had the chance to interact with the three writers. They asked number of questions regarding their life and work. The Saqafti Markaz Budgam also uploaded the recording of the session in its youtube channel.

An award ceremony was also held to honour the poets for their life long contribution in the field of art, culture and language. Poet Zareef Wadwani was presented with Best Services Award 2019. Noor u Din Hosh and Abdul Ahad Gotapuri bagged the Best Literary award. Sangeet Natak Academy awardee Mohammed Siddiq Bhagat was also felicitated on the occasion for his tremendous work in the field of art.

On of the  attractions of the function was the release of Kashmiri poetry collection “Darde’nai” of Zareef Wadwani.

A poetry session was also held on the occasion by Saqafti Markaz in association with Gulshan Ilm-o-Adab Kanispora and Bazm-e-Noorani Wadwan.

The session was attended by poets Maqbool  Ferozi, Haji Rasool Hur, Ghulam Mohiudin Mir, Rashid Kanispuri, Tahir Sultan, Nasir Sultan and others.

A musical programme was also held in which known singer Abdul Majeed Maliki and his party rendered voice to the lyrics of Zareef Wadwani.


Zareef Ahmad Zareef shares ideas, life experience at KU event

SRINAGAR: Writer, Poet and humorist Zareef Ahmad Zareef shared many of his ideas about an ideal society and his life experiences at an event at Kashmir University.

As part of its series Allama Iqbal Library (AIL), University of Kashmir had conducted Meet the Eminent program with Zareef Ahmad Zareef during which Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir was the Chief Guest.

 Prof. Talat Ahmad congratulated the organisers for conducting such events where eminent personalities of the society are invited.

He further said that these events act as platform where ideas are exchanged for the betterment of the society. He also mentioned the contribution of Zareef Ahmad Zareef especially for preservation of Chinar Trees in the valley. He also felicitated Zareef Ahmad Zareef during the programme.

During the welcome address, Prof. G.M. Peerzada Librarian AIL highlighted the contribution of Zareef Ahmad Zareef towards Kashmiri Culture, literature etc. He also thanked Zareef for pointing to the contemporary issues and challenges faced by our society. He applauded the efforts made by him for preserving our rich and diverse culture.

During his address, Zareef Ahmad Zareef elaborated his personal experience and professional life before the audience. He quoted many famous Kashmiri verses from his own poetry and from other authors as well which enthralled the audience.

During the panel discussion Prof. Shafi Shouq, Mr. Rafeeq Raz highlighted the personal experiences with Zareef Ahmad Zareef and elaborated the contribution made by him towards the society. The award winning book of Zareef Ahmad Zareef (Tchonchi Poot) was reviewed by these experts alongwith  Shahbaz Hakbari.

The book has won Bal Sahitya Academy Award in Kashmiri language. The experts reviewed the book and gave suggestions regarding the poetic contributions to be made in future.

The programme concluded with Vote of Thanks by Dr. Mohammad Ishaq Lone, Assistant Librarian, Allama Iqbal Library who acted as the moderator as well during the programme.


I am the Caravan of Time released

Srinagar: Umar Dewani’s maiden novel, I am the Caravan of Time, was released Sunday at the Academy of Art and Culture, Lal Mandi.

The novel has been published by FreshCode Books and the cover features art work by renowned artist Masood Hussain. Set in various places, including Kashmir, the novel traces the dark side of human nature, and records the tumult of human anguish.

The book was released by noted academic Prof Siddiq Wahid, former Vice Chancellor IUST, in presence of Prof Fouzia Qazi, Head department of Mathematics IUST, Masood Hussain, Hilal Ahmed Mir and Wajahat Qazi, senior journalists.

The book releasing event was moderated by Sparks Creativity Club, led by Suhail Gul.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Wahid lauded the endeavour and said, “I am glad the book has come out, as it will serve as a testimony of the past seventy years of uncertainty and turmoil. I congratulate the author and the publisher for having the courage to present the story before the world.”

The author also read from his novel and also spoke about the book. “I wrote the book in a frenzy spell on a typewriter from morning to night. But I was anguished by the response of publishers who never responded to my queries. I had abandoned the project until I recently came across FreshCode Books who helped me translate my dream into reality,” he said.


SFRI releases book on Chinar conservation

SRINAGAR: State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) in collaboration with Directorate of Floriculture Tuesday released a book titled ‘Chinar Conservation Initiative’.

The book release function was attended by Director SFRI, Om Prakash Sharma, Director Floriculture, Abdul Hafeez Masoodi, Director Social Forestry, Neelu Gera, civil society members, lawyers and environmentalists.

On the occasion, Director SFRI said that the objective to organise such functions is to get likeminded people together to raise awareness and mull over ways to revive declining Chinar tree population in Kashmir.

Director Floriculture Department said that no permission should be given for construction of a structure in close proximity with the Chinar trees. He also said that the growth and number of Chinars are being regularly monitored by the Department.

While talking about her experiences, Director Social Forestry maintained that “if we really want to save Chinar, all Departments and stakeholders must work in close coordination and help Chinar trees to grow in a suitable environment.”

During the function, members of civil society said that they are ready to cooperate with the Government in protecting Chinar trees, which are a cultural symbol of Kashmir.

Other speakers on the occasion stressed on wide-scale plantation of Chinar saplings and called for collective efforts to protect the famed heritage of Kashmir.

JKAACL remembers Prof Sewa Singh

Srinagar: Rich tributes were paid to eminent Punjabi, Urdu and English writer, Prof. Sewa Singh, who passed earlier this year at a function orgnised by J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) at its Headquarters, Lal Mandi, Srinagar on Tuesday.

The function  was presided over by prolific writer Sardar Kanwal Kashmiri, while Prof. Gurcharan Singh, Sardar Jagmohan Singh Raina, President Punjabi Sahit Sabha Sardar Ajit Singh Mastana and Chief Editor JKAACL M. Ashraf Tak were also in the presidium.

Tak described Prof. Sewa Singh a prolific writer who authored more than 24 books in Punjabi, Urdu and English Languages which include History of Punjabi in Jammu and Kashmir. Sardar Rattan Singh Kanwal and Prof. Ajit Singh Mastana presented two papers covering life and contribution of Prof. Sewa Singh. Sardar Kanwal Singh in his presidential address paid rich tributes to Prof. Sewa Singh who was torch bearer of various literary movements. A number of writers and admirers of Prof. Sewa Singh were present on the occasion.

The speakers on the occasion said that Punjabi language has been neglected by state government and urged the governor administration to introduce the subject at the college level.

“Before 1989, there were around nine professors for teaching Punjabi subject in different colleges in Kashmir, but currently there is only one professor for around 25 colleges in the valley,” they said while urging the government to introduce the subject at college level.

Young poet Masrat Alam Noorpuri passes away

Srinagar: A young and promising Kashmiri poet Masrat Alam Noorpori passed away on Sunday  much to the grief of readers and art and cultural community.

Born in 1983 in Dooru Shahbad, Masrat was regular at poetry recitation where he drew praise for his poetry. He rendered voice to his ghazals and Naats at various seminars and conferences. He also participated in a poetry session held on 23 July at Chrar-e-Shareef, which proved to be his last such activity.

He joined Maraz Adbi Sangam in 2011 and held various posts in the cultural organisation. He later became Media Secretary of District Cultural Society Pulwama.

Masrat’s death has been widely mourned by the cultural organisations. Jammu Kashmir Cultural Council, Jammu Kashmir Saqafti Markaz Budgam, Markaz Adab wa Saqafat Chrar e Shareef, Gulshan Cultural Forum, Maraaz Abdi Sangam, Bazm Shaer wa Adab Sangrama and other organisation and persons condoled his demise.   They prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and also for patience of bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.