Jammu Tawi, May 1
Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy (JKCA) pays tribute to the late Sarwanand Koul Premi on the 27th death anniversary of veteran Freedom Fighter, well known Academician and noted Kashmiri Poet and Author, Sarwanand Kaul “Premi” is being observed today. While addressing the gathering, Kavinder Gupta, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly speaker described Late Premi as a multi faced personality who spent his whole life in serving mankind as he was the follower of Gandhian philosophy with love for all and was a staunch secularist. He had enriched Kashmiri language and literature in particular. He will be remembered for all times to come. His life and teachings are inspiration for generations to come. He further said that Late Premi had dedicated his entire life to the Welfare of common people irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary (J) while welcoming the guests said that the academy has been organizing a befitting literary meet program on this towering personality of the State and will continue to do so in future.
Ajay Bharti also paid humble tributes to the late poet and said that the left behind works of Late Premi should be published and the government will fully support the family in this process.
Various cross-section of the society including poets, writers and intellectuals had gathered to pay their tributes to the Late Premi and his son, who were martyred by the terrorists in 1990 in Kashmir. As a mark of respect speakers pledged to keep his message of peace friendship and religious tolerance going on. Rajinder Premi, the son of Late Premi along with other family members was also present on this occasion.
Dr. R.L Bhat, Tej Rawal, Professor B.L. Zutshi also spoke on this occasion. J.N. Sagar and Ashok Govhar read out their poetical tributes to Late Premi. Rajinder Premi presented a vote of thanks.