JKAACL, HEM organises day-long literary event in border district

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Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art ,Culture and Languages and Himalayan Education Mission jointly organised a day-long literary programme here today at Himalayan College Rajouri. A galaxy of writers , poets and intellectuals participated in the event and spoke about the importance of contemporary literary traditions emerging in regional languages especially in Pahari and Gojri besides literary traditions emerging in Urdu was also discussed.
Prominent Urdu poet Pt. Vidya Rattan Aasi, young Pahari writer Swami Antar Nero and famous Gojri poet and singer Ch. Ayaz Saif were special guests on the occasion while the prominent intellectual of the area Azam Shah presided over the function.
Dr Javaid Rahi, Chief Editor of Academy, Farooq Muztar, Chairman of Himalayan Education Mission and renowned artist Raj Kumar Behropia were also in the presidium. Dr Javaid Rahi while welcoming the guests stated that the main objective of today’s function was to discuss the importance of contemporary traditions emerging in local and regional
languages. He said that the programme was specially designed to attract the new generation of twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri towards their identity and traditions. He stressed upon the younger generation that they should work for preservation and propagation of local languages and culture.
Earlier Pt. Vidhya Rattan Aasi while speaking on the occasion stated that Urdu is a powerful language in term of its literary traditions of hundreds of years. He also spoke about his life, work and impact of contemporary
traditions on Urdu. He also recited his latest compositions in shape of Gazals, Nazams and other creative pieces of poetry.
Aasi was followed by Swami Antar Nero who not only recited his Pahari poetry and also spoke about the dying traditions of Pahari
culture. Ch. Ayaz Saif
mesmerised the audience by singing couplets from mystical poetry of prominent of Gojri poet Ch. Khuda Baksh Zar Poonchi.
In his presidential address, Azam Shah stressed upon the students and youth of the state to link themselves with art and cultural traditions to enrich their intellect. He said we have a proud inheritance at our back and this is our duty to get this old traditions alive by practicing it through various mediums.
Farooq Muztar said that the vibrancy of contemporary literary traditions have been immensely felt in the literature written in regional Languages of state. He said that our education system should adopt such a policy that will carry our literary traditions in curriculum and other study material.
Others who spokes
on the occasion included Khurisheed Bismal, Mohd Iqbal Shawl, Talib Malik, Rashid Qamar, Dr Mohd Saleem Wani. The programme concluded with adaptation of condolence
resolutions. The participants condoled the sad demises of prominent Urdu ,Pahari and Gojri poet Dr Sabar Mirza, mothers of young Urdu poet Dr Liaqat Jaffari and Sheikh Khalid Krar. A two minutes silence was observed on
the occasion in the honour of
departure soul.

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