Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages organized Multi-lingual Mahila Kahani Goshthi at K.L Saigal Hall. Prof. Nirija Mattoo, Former Senior fellow, Ministry of Culture, HRD, Govt. of India, prominent Sociall Worker and intellectual was the Chief Guest while Prof. Rita Jitendra, eminent writer, actor, social activist and former Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art,Culture and Languages presided. Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary and Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary were also present in the presidium.
While delivering her presidential address, Prof. Rita Jitendra thanked Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for arranging Multi-lingual Mahila Kahani Goshthi. She also hailed the contribution of women short-story writers who presented their short-stories and said that there is a lot of work to be done for the promotion and protection of women rights.
Prof. Nirija Mattoo, while speaking on the occasion said that she was privileged to hear the short stories presented in the said function in Dogri, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu which were highly appreciable and succeeded in reflecting the problems being faced by the women folk of the present era. She expressed her concern that even in the present time of global change and achievements in every field of life the situation of women not changed yet . Referring the theme of the short-story writers, she stressed upon that women should not be treated as an object. She also thanked Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for providing her an opportunity to be a part of this function.
While delivering his welcome address, Dr. Aziz Hajini said that woman is the main source of inspiration in the world and should be respected and supported in all spheres of life for the betterment of human life. He further said that this programme was planned with the spirit to provide women folk a platform where the women related issues can be discussed. He further said that such more programmes will also be arranged in future with the maximum participation of upcoming female talent from the colleges and hoped that the maximum participation from all sections of the society will make this effort a success. Those who presented their short-stories include Prof. Rita Jitendra-Haaye Ni Meri Shaada(Urdu), Smt. Kanta Jamwal-Khumari(Dogri), Prof. Kiran Bakshi-Baad ke Dardnaak Manzar….(Hindi), Smt. Surinder Neer-Ram Snehi(Punjabi).
The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Smt. Reeta Khadyal in a befitting manner and vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
Among others were present include- Dr. Nirmal Vinod, Sunita Bhadwal, Baljeet Raina, Hardeep Singh Deep, Gianeshwar, Harbhajan Upasak, Kewal Pal, Suraj Singh Suraj , Dr. Gurmeet Kour and Mr. Mushtak Kak,