WEEKLY NOTES | JKSM Budgam calls for nominations for children literature

Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Saqaftee Markaz (JKSM) Budgam has invited nominations for the Children Literature award 2020 to be presented this year.

According to the official statement of JKSM, writers are requested to send four copies of Kashmiri Children Literature Books (2018, 19), passport size photograph, computerised Bio Data and application on the name of president for children literature award 2020 to enter into the contest for awards. The last date of submission is 10th March 2020, Dr B A Gamgeen language convener of JKSM said in a statement.


KU scholars document ethnic Fermented Foods and Beverages of J&K

Srinagar: Several scholars from Kashmir University have documented the ethnic fermented foods and beverages of Jammu and Kashmir for a book titled Ethnic Fermented Foods and Beverages of India: Science History and Culture by prominent researcher Jyoti Prakash Tamang.

The book which is available online has tried to detail the food products and beverages in this genre from all around India. For Jammu and Kashmir Rehana Akhter, Prof Farooq Masoodi, Touseef Ahmed Wani, Jeelani Raja and Sajad Ahmed Rather compiled the list and assorted details of ethnic fermented foods and beverages of J&K. “We have a rich tradition of such food products. It took us almost nine months to complete the work as we scoured through various sources in history,” said Masoodi.

According to book description, the umpteen varieties of traditionally fermented foods of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) deliver a wallop of savour, aroma, nutrients, probiotics and functional bioactive compounds. The volume of credible scientific evidence has made probiotics a crucial part of human nutrition and led to a demand for probiotics in functional foods and clinical application by demonstrating their beneficial effects on health and disease prevention. “In Jammu and Kashmir state, there are nutrient-rich crops (cereals, vegetables) and animal products (milk) which are fermented and used as foods and beverages in households. Although traditionally fermented foods represent an important role in contributing to the livelihood of people of the J&K state through enhanced food security and income generation, there is still scarcity of information regarding their traditional production methods, microbiological and biochemical characteristics, nutritional value and safety. Research into the processing technologies of these fermented foods is still in its infancy stage. Thus, there is a need to document their traditional production methods, microbiology and biochemistry in order to evaluate their nutritional value and safety; standardize and industrialize them, where possible; and preserve them for future generations,” the book description reads.


Filmmakers hope to screen Half Widow in local cinema

Srinagar: After getting positive reviews from audience in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities, the makers of movie Half Widow hope that the movie will be screened in local cinemas in Srinagar in the coming months.

The ‘Half Widow’ team while talking to a local news agency said that they have talked to Dy. Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Chowdhery in order to explore the possibility of opening some theatres so that the movie can be screened. The team hopes that screening of Half Widow in all these theatres in Kashmir will happen from first week of May 2020.

The reviews and opinions expressed by different sections of people after a successful screening of Awarded Film “Half widow” directed by Danish Renzu has encouraged the filmmaker to screen it in Srinagar.

The filmmaker in a statement said, “the Film has made it’s effective mark both at National and international level. The audience at USA, France, Canada gave an extraordinary responses to the concept of real Kashmir Sufiyat highlighted in Film. The verses of Lal e Daed, local songs, Sonu Nigam’s and Noor Mohammad’s songs attained popularity. The Art of Kashmir and intellectual Versions are dominating the Film to present it as film of civilisation.”

Half Widow tells the story of Neela (Neelofar Hamid), who lives in Srinagar with her brother Zakir (Shahnawaz Bhat) and her aunt. She has lost both her parents by the time we meet her but is still full of hope and optimism towards her future. The time comes for her to get married and she gets married to a paper shop owner named Khalid (Mir Sarwar) The film gives at every stage feelings of authenticity. The director makes sure to capture the landscape with a lot of beauty to contrast the misery that the characters are feeling.

The joint production of Ghaya Bhola and Danish Renzu was considered one of the laudable additions in the year 2020 which has been taken up by Amazon also for its digital packages.


Delhi art gallery to showcase calligraphy of HC Judge

Srinagar: The calligraphic work of multi-talented Judge of Jammu Kashmir High Court Mahmud Anwar Alnasir has been selected for display at New Delhi’s Lokayat Gallery at Hauz Khas on March 13.

Alnasir has been interested in calligraphy right from childhood and his latest creation, a table calendar for the year 2020, with the inscription of verses of Holy Quran will enthral the audience along with other specimens at the Delhi gallery, where theme of the event will be Shakti.

A sub-judge by profession, Alnasir is presently working at Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Srinagar. His 2020 table Calendar features a unique calligraphic work.

The calendar consists of 15 pages and has a length of 25cm and breadth 18cm.

Alnasir is a self-taught part-time artist and usually doesn’t make money out of his beautiful calligraphic pieces. At the peak of his academic career and busy schedule during work, he would continue calligraphy during night hours. His work has reached across the world including England, Dubai, USA, London, Turkey and Tanzania. One of his biggest art pieces was 4 feet long and 8 feet wide, which was sent to Dubai.


Obsessed with the Dawns released

Srinagar: Samina Mushtaq Khan, an author from Srinagar released a book titled “Obsessed with the Dawns” at Winterfall cafe in Dalgate Srinagar on last Sunday.

The book which is a collection of poems revolves around dreams, desires and the ups and downs one experiences in his or her life.

Speaking on the debut book launch event, Samina said the book is based on 35 poems that she had written during the past two years. She was all praise for her parents and friends who gave her full support to write the book.

She termed the book as a small attempt but promised that in future she will try to narrate the untold stories of Kashmir valley.

The book describes Samina as a librarian by profession and a banker by compulsion, who always finds happiness in writing pain.

On the occasion, former director Animal Husbandry Farooq Ahmad Kaloo appreciated the author and urged more youth with passion and talent for writing to come forward in this field.

The book is available online and is published by Lieper Publication which is considered Kashmir self-publishing house.


Sakhtasazi workshop enthrals audience in Delhi workshop

New Delhi: A workshop on Sakhtasazi, a type of papier mâché that involves moulding raw paper pulp into aesthetically pleasing objects, was organised in New Delhi. The interactive workshop was liked by the people visiting the venue.

The workshop tried is being termed as an ancient technique at risk. With only about 40 artists still practicing this craft, 700 year old craft of Sakhtasazi is struggling to remain relevant, the organisers said.

The workshop was organised by an organisation Commitment to Kashmir (CtoK), in association with India Heritage Walks, and aimed to discuss and demonstrate the Sakhta craft while giving the participants a chance to practice it first-hand. Team leader Burhan ud Din Khateeb, along with artist Nazir, described the art and its history to the audience.

Khateeb while talking to media persons said that the market has crushed the maker, instead of supporting them and the earlier bonding between the artisans has been broken due to the situation in Kashmir. He called for design intervention, innovation, modern technology to take the art to the global stage.

According to CtoK the idea of the workshop was to band together the artists to strengthen them by design and business intervention and push the boundaries of the crafts.