WEEKLY NOTES

Lieper Publication hosts  26th book release function

Srinagar: Young Author Bareeka Behzad’s poetic collection “The Moon And Her Scars” was released in  a function on Sunday here which also marked the 26th book release function by Lieper publications.

Bareeka said that she started writing poetry  from 7th standard and was very eager to publish it. Acknowledging the support of her family Bareeka said that she was discouraged by many people but her family always stood by here side and she wanted young authors to be the voice of those who can’t speak for themselves.

Noted writer Zareef Ahmad Zareef, was the chief guest during the function, which was also attended by Prof. Mehraj Mattoo,  British investment banker, economist and author; currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard University ( The United States) and others.

Prof. Mattoo said that Bareeka will be an example for the young authors and scholars. He said it is a moment of pride to see young authors of the Kashmir Valley contributing in the field of Shakespeare, John Keats, William Wandsworth and many renowned personalities like them. He said that a nation with complexities is always successful so he wants young people of Kashmir to contribute in different fields, so that, we can see Kashmir as a stable and successful place.

Zareef also praised and congratulated the young author of the book and also conveyed the message to the young authors of Kashmir that we should also promote, support and contribute the Kashmiri literature side by side.

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Bollywood movie Zindagi Tumse screened at Tagore Hall

Srinagar: Directed by a Kashmiri filmmaker Tariq Bhat, Bollywood movie Zindagi Tumse was screened at Tagore Hall amidst a crowd of cinema lovers.

The organisers said that the purpose of screening was to promote the film culture as well as reviving cinema in valley. Tariq Bhat, who is from Sopore said that his intention is to prepare a specific platform for the youth of valley.

“The youth of valley are talented in every field including-art, acting and film making but due to lack of exposure and platform they aren’t able to showcase their talent,” the organisers said. “Despite all odds and uncomfortable situation of valley energetic film maker like Tariq Bhat came forward and directed a Bollywood movie.”

The organisers to inspire more people to achieve their name in the creative field of art and cinema.

The film ‘Zindagi Tumse’ is based on social and family issues. It revolves around the sensitive topic of parents being abandoned by their children in old age.

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Interactive Literary meet with poet Amar Malmohi held

Srinagar: An interactive literary function was held at Town Hall Magam in which art and literature lovers had a fruitful session with poet, writer and scholar Dr Amar Malmohi.

The event which was organized by Gulshan Cultural Forum Kashmir was presided over by its president Syed Bashir Kousar.

Malmohi revisited many chapters of his life and mesmerised the audience by his work. A number of literary personalities, social activists, students of Amar Malmohi, took part in the discussion. The audience posed number of question regarding his life and work. Malmohi also talked about the current challenges faced by the art and culture and how one can serve it better.

The speakers while presented a paper on Malmohi acknowledged that he had started a literary movement in the region which is still marked as a landmark in the history of the region. Malmohi played a key role in founding cultural and literary organisation Bazm-e-Fan Baangal which gave a new impetus to literary activities in Magam.

Malmohi is originally from village Malmoh and he has been residing in Pune for the last three decades. During the interaction, Malmohi couldn’t hold back his expression and could be seen hugging his friends and students with moist eyes. He revisit his life in his village and how he always received immense love and affection in Kashmir. He acknowledged that despite being successful outside, he still feels incomplete because of being far away from his homeland.

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Neerja Mattoo’s Mystic and the Lyric, getting rave reviews

Srinagar: Renowned writer and translator Neerja Mattoo’s latest book Mystic and the Lyric; Four Women Poets From Kashmir, is getting rave reviews with some calling the book to be made mandatory for all schools in Kashmir.

The book is about four legendary poetesses of Kashmir and how their poetry enriched and thus changed Kashmir forever. The book details the brilliant work sof Lal Ded, Habb Khatoon, Arnimal and Rupa Bhawani.

In this beautiful book, Neerja Mattoo brings their work together for the first time, placing it in two traditions, the mystic and the lyric. Fine and nuanced translations of their poems are accompanied by brief introductions to their work that place the women in a historical context and deal with both the facts and the beliefs about their work.

“A beautiful book to look at, designed by well-known artist Nilima Sheikh, this is one book you could judge by its cover. The contents inside also make for delightful, thought provoking, informative and moving reading. For many, I suspect, the narrative will come as a revelation,” wrote author Sudha Koul while reviewing the book. This is, ultimately, a book about poetry and poets. As a result, I have not even touched on the stunning rebellion and female empowerment engendered by these breakaway women from centuries ago when it was utterly unthinkable even for men to stand up to their full height. However, that is another show and beyond the aims of this collection. Is it a coincidence that all four women found no happiness in marriage or domesticity but only in writing, or is it the other way around? Whatever it was, we are the richer for the single minded devotion of the four to their craft and consciousness. The questions they tackle and agonise over, being human, universal and perpetual, ensure their relevance in the coming years.”

Former Finance Minister and economist impressed with the book tweeted, “should be made essential reading in all schools and colleges in the valley. No reading list on Kashmir will now be complete without this book by erudite professor and quintessential Kashmiri, Neerja Mattoo.”

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Mastana elected president of Punjabi Sahit Sabha

Srinagar: Ajeet Singh Mastana, a prominent writer and Punjabi scholar has been elected as the President of JK Punjabi Sahit Sabha at a Punjabi writer’s functions for a period of two years on Saturday.

A statement from the Punjabi Sahit Sabha said the elected President assured the members that every effort shall be made to satisfy Punjabi speaking people of the state and restore the glory of Punjabi literature during his tenure.

Punjabi is a recognized language by the J&K state constitution but needs state government attention to give Punjabi language a proper place in teaching in schools and colleges. The contribution of Punjabi writers has played a vital role in development of the culture of the state, Mastana said.

Mastana elaborated the proposed program of seminars/kavi darbars to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, besides release of Sabha magazine “Heemal”, which is completing the 50th year of publication in November 2019.

The statement said that thousand of books in Punjabi language on poetry, story, fiction, art and culture has been promoted by Punjabi Sahit Sabha for the last 60 years.

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Historical significance of Kashmiri Poetry discussed at the IKS

Srinagar, July 17: The Institute of Kashmir Studies (IKS), University of Kashmir (KU) organised a Public Talk on ‘Poetry as a Source for the History of Modern Kashmir (1846 – 1947)’ by Prof. Shafi Shauq, renowned Kashmiri academic, author and poet.

Prof. M. Y. Ganai, Director, IKS welcomed the invited speaker, and the audience which included senior faculty members, research scholars and students from Social Sciences and Humanities.

Prof. Shafi Shauq deliberated upon Kashmir poetry of the period, and explained its importance as a key source for the history of Modern Kashmir. Detailing the importance of a number of poetic works of the period, he emphasised that the vernacular poetry can provide us a historical context which remains largely invisible, and can help to develop a people’s history of Kashmir and Kashmiris. The talk was followed by a rich discussion on Kashmir’s history and literature.

In his concluding remarks, Prof. Ganai thanked Prof. Shauq for the rich insights into Kashmir’s past, and deliberated upon the significance of using multiple sources for in-depth and critical research on Kashmir.

Persian Classic “Virdul Mureedin” gets Kashmiri translation

Srinagar: Kashmiri translation of famous Persian Classic on mysticism “Virdul Mureedin” was released on Monday at a grand function organised at the headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir  Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.

The function was presided over by Grand Mufti Mufti Nassir-ul-Islam.  Justice (Rtd.) Bashir Ahmed Kirmani, noted scholar Showkat Hussain Keng, publisher of the book Abu Tariq Ghulam Nabi Mir and Chief Editor of Cultural Academy M. Ashraf Tak were also in the presidium.

Welcoming the guests present on the occasion, Tak said that this Persian Classic has earned name and fame for the last five centuries and the Academy is delighted to release its Kashmiri translation done by Peerzada Ghulam Mohammed Makhdoomi Shaiq. The book is originally written by Baba Dawood-i-Khaki (R.A.) and has been widely read by the people. The book is a compilation of 1362 verses in honour of his spiritual preceptor, Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom (R.A.). The book and parts of it are already published in English and Arabic.

Prof. Abdul Majeed Andrabi presented a detailed paper about the versified Kashmiri translation of the book. Mufti Nassir-ul-Islam, Justice (Rtd.) Bashir Ahmed Kirmani, Maulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Dr. G. Qadir Allaqband, Shakeel Qalander and many scholars expressed their views about the book.

The function was attended by a galaxy of writers which include Ex-Secretary JKAACL Dr. Rafiq Masoodi, Mohammed Ashraf Makhdoomi, Sultan-ul-Haq Shaheedi, Shakeel Qalander, City Magistrate Mir Wajahat, Ghulam Nabi Lala and many more.