A compact report about the 33rd annual “Kashir Conference” in Poonch,July 1-July 3, 2012

August 12, 2012

In a historic first, Adbee Markaz Kamraz organised the annual “Kashir Conference” of the year 2012  in the mountainous town of Poonch. “Kashir Conference” is an important activity of the AMK and purpose to hold it this year in Poonch was to rediscover the collective culture and civilisation of different regions of our State and boost the literary and cultural bonding via the Mughal Road. The Conference also aimed to unite the poets and writers of Kashmiri language to provide them a platform to deliberate upon the issues of their mother tongue.

Before embarking on the historic journey in the morning of July 1st, the AMK caravan was accorded a warm see-off by eminent poets and writers of the State from the Press Enclave Srinagar. They include Prof Rahman Rahi, Prof Marghoob Banhali, Prof Muhammad Zaman Azurdah and Ghulam Nabi Gowhar. They hailed AMK for its “courageous and novel” step to organise the “Kashir Conference” in far-off Poonch.

In Shopian, “Maraz Cultural Sangam” and “Bazm-e-Saqafat Shuyan” had organised a reception for the caravan at the Town Hall. Similarly, the litterateurs of Surankote led by noted poets Ayub Shabnam had organised a grand reception for the AMK caravan which witnessed historic scenes of jubilation. AMK office-bearers heartily acknowledged the love, affection and encouragement received at both the receptions enroute Poonch.

On arrival in the Poonch town, the caravan from Kashmir was warmly received by people at the venue of the conference-Govt Degree College  Poonch. Soon a Mushaira was organised with the sponsorship of Information Department which was presided by Prof Mashal Sultanpori with  Ms Santosh Nadan and District Information Officer Poonch in the presidium. Renowned satirist and humorist Talha Jahangir enthralled the audience with his inimitable  presentation.

On the first day of the conference on July 2nd, the J&K litterateurs debated the importance of mother tongue while praising AMK for providing a rare opportunity for free exchange of ideas and opinions on the subject.

The proceedings of the conference began with Tilawat-e-Quran Sharief and Na’at Khwani. AMK Tarana was also presented for the first time as its lyrics and music composition mesmerised the audience.

Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik, MLA Poonch Aijaz Jan andMLC Jahangir Mir who attended the conference,  in their speeches appreciated  AMK for reaching out to mountainous region of Poonch to sensitise people about importance of mother tongue. They extending their whole-hearted support to AMK in its endeavours to promote local languages in far-off regions of the State. “Concerns of AMK regarding mother tongues of different regions of the State are genuine, and  efforts like holding conferences in far-off regions would go a long in preservation and promotion of the mother tongues. This conference is a welcome step to sensitise people about mother tongues and culture and their revival,” Mr Abdul Gani Malik observed.

For the first time a special guest from across LoC,  Showkat Majeed, the secretary of the  Pakistan-administered Kashmir Government travelled to Poonch to participate in the AMK’s annual conference.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, president AMK Dr Aziz Hajni demanded that Kashmiri language should be introduced as a subject in the government colleges where there are predominant speakers of the language. Presenting the annual report of AMK, General Secretary AMK Dr Shujaat Bukhari said by traversing through Mughal Road to reach  Poonch, the caravan of Kashmiri litterateurs have come with an everlasting message that different regions of the State share a common civilisation, history and literature. Expressing anguish over government’s lukewarm response to efforts of promotion of Kashmiri language, he said AMK encourages promotion of mother tongues of the people of the various region of State.

In a special session dedicated to renowned writers and poets  of Poonch, papers were presented on Krishan Chander, Charag Hassan Hasrat and Tehseen Jafri by K D Maini, Mahmoodul Hassan and Manshoor Banhali respectively.

In the book release segment, four books Kashiri manz nantiya shairi (Bashir Baderwahi), Ponmpren gath (Shahbaz Rajourvi), Put vanuk sada (Fida Rajourvi) and Kulyat-e Hazeen (Late Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hazeen were released.

In the segment of critical appreciation of  literary writings, Rinku Koul’s short story was critically reviewed by Shahid Dilnavi whileas Akhter Mansoor’s ghazal was critically reviewed by Muhammad Yusuf Mashhoor. The session was chaired by Ayaz Rasool Nazki.

A symposium on the famous Kashmiri adage “Kasheer chhani kahie ghar” was part of the proceedings in which Dr Farooq Fayyaz presented an introductory paper followed by a lively discussion. This was one of the most vibrant segments of the two-day conference in which litterateurs and lovers of Kashmiri langauge debated and discussed the history, definition and essence of Kashmiri language and literature. The participants of the conference explained their own understanding of the “real Kashmir and real Kashmiri.” With varied viewpoints on the theme, all agreed that the original Kashmiri ethos, culture and language has to be preserved and promoted.

The segment was so enlivening and academically enlightening that many participants demanded a separate conference on the theme in Kashmir.The session was chaired by MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed.

On the second day of the conference. Minister for Finance Abdul Raheem Rather and MoS Power Shabir Ahmad Khan attended the conference as chief-guest and guest of honour respectively. Terming the “Kashir Conference” in Poonch as a historic literary event and important milestone to promote and preserve the common civilisation and mother tongues of Jammu & Kashmir,  Mr Rather and Mr Khan lauded AMK for reaching out to far-off Poonch and Rajouri region with its mission.  Mr Rather said AMK’s historic decision to hold the  conference in Poonch is being widely hailed by the inhabitants of Poonch. “Your gesture to reach out to poets and writers of Poonch region is being widely hailed even by those whose mother tongue is not Kashmiri,” he said. Terming Mughal Road as “bridge of civilisation,” he appreciated AMK for travelling

through Mughal Road to reach Poonch sayinf it will strengthen the relation between people of Rajouri-Poonch region and Kashmir.

Responding to AMK demand that government fulfils its promise of introducing Kashmiri as a subject at secondary school level, Rather assured that he will take up the matter with Chief Minister and ensure that this long pending demand is fulfilled. Sharing the AMK concerns about the various mother tongues of J&K, Rather said

government is committed to promote all mother tongues and eager to seek help and guidance of AMK in that objective.

MoS Power Shabir Ahmad Khan in his speech said: “This conference will go a long way in promoting the Kashmiri language in Poonch-Rajouri regiomn. “We will provide all the support to AMK in its activities in this region,” Khan maintained. He invited AMK to hold next annual conference in Rajouri.

MLA Poonch Ajaz Jan and MLC Jahangir Mir, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Noor Ahmad Baba and Prof G L Sharma principal Govt Degree College Poonch were Guests of Honour at the valedictory function.

In an emotional vote of thanks , AMK General Secretary Dr Shujaat Bukhari said the love and affection showered to the caravan from Kashmir by inhabitants in Poonch is a strong statement that the common history and civilisation of various regions of the state cannot be eclipsed by artificial walls of any sorts. “We are leaving with a renewed resolution that we  have to overcome all barriers to reach out to each other and rediscover our common history and civilisation,” he maintained.

The prestigious AMK annual awards were given away in the valedictory session. The awards are given to people from different walks of life for their contributions in promotion of Kashmiri language and literature. Noted poet, researcher and folklorist Ghulam Nabi Aatish was conferred this year’s “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” award for his tremendous contribution towards Kashmiri literature, particularly folklore and literary research.  “Karwan-e-Adab” Dab Ganderbal bagged the “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” award in the category of literary organisations, for its efforts on ground to reach out to poets and writers of Kashmiri language and provide them exposure and opportunity to show their talent.  The award carries cash prize, memento and citation for the each awardee.

This year’s “Khilat-e-Hanfi Sopori”  awards were conferred to noted Kashmiri singer Raashid Jahangir, prominent broadcaster and poet Rukhsana Jabeen . The award carries cash prize, shawl, citation and memento to each awardee.

The “Mohi-u-din Hajni Gold Medal,” which is given to a student who tops the MA Kashmiri examination of Kashmir University, in collaboration with Kashmiri daily newspaper “Sangarmal” has been bagged this year by Shabir Ahmad Ganie.

Earlier, two resolutions were passed demanding teaching of Kashmiri as a subject in the schools and colleges of the Kashmiri speaking areas of the Jammy province. Another resolution demanded reviving of the Kashmiri department of the J&K Cultural Academy.  The session was chaired by Bashir Baderwahi with Prof Nasir Mirza in the presidium.

A Mushaira sponsored by Doordarshan Kendra Jammu was part of the proceedings on the concluding day of the conference.

Mementos and Certificate of Appreciation were presented to Prof Musaraf Shah, Adv Iftikhar Bazmi, Abdul Razaq, Bashir Qadri, Jan Muhammad Wani, Ahtisham Bhat, Prof Abbassi, Shamem Ahmad Banday, Nazuk Hussain Shah, Muzaffar Ahmad, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Parvez Malik, Arshad Mir and Muhammad Shafiq, for their exemplary  support during the conference.

Late in the evening noted singer Raashid Jahangir mesmerised the audience by singing his hit songs.

The various segments were   captivatingly anchored by Muhammd Amin Bhat,  Dr Shujaat Bukhari, Ghulam Nabi Shakir, Shahnaz Rasheed, Khursheed Qureshi and Shabnam Tilgami.

Pertinent to mention that this year conference saw participation of a cross section of  society writers, entrepreneurs, journalists, academicians, columnists, businessmen and civil society members . They include:  Prof Nasir Mirza, Ahmad Ali Fayyaz, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Shakeel Qalander, Prof Sanaullah Parwaz, Noor Ahmad Baba, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Shakil Qalander,  Engineer Rasheed, Muhammad Ahsan Ahsan Piyaray Hatash, Rukhsana Jabeen, Talha Jahangir, Atiqa Bano, Santosh Nadan, Shabir Mujahid, Abdul Hameed of Raheem Motors, Bashir Ahmad Dar,  Dr Shafaq Sopori, Nusrat Andrabi, Javid Iqbal, Dr Farooq Fayyaz, Shad Ramzan, Majrooh Rasheed, Rattan Talashi, Shahbaz Rajourvi,  Sahfiq Mir, Hadmeedah Nayeem, Bashir Baderwahi, Vijay Wali, Ayash Arif, Nisar Gilani, Showkat Gayoor, Rattan Talashi, Bashir Bhwani and Nazir Azad.

The AMK office bearers Aziz Hajni (President), Atiqa Bano (Vice-President),  Dr Shujaat Bukhari (General Secretary), Zameer Ansari (Secretary) Pervez Majeed (Media Secretary), Muhammad Ahsan Ahsan (Treasurer) and Majeed Majazi (Librarian) ably performed their responsibilities during the historic conference. A compact report about the 33rd annual “Kashir Conference” in Poonch , July 1-July 3, 2012

In a historic first, Adbee Markaz Kamraz organised the annual “Kashir Conference” of the year 2012  in the mountainous town of Poonch. “Kashir Conference” is an important activity of the AMK and purpose to hold it this year in Poonch was to rediscover the collective culture and civilisation of different regions of our State and boost the literary and cultural bonding via the Mughal Road. The Conference also aimed to unite the poets and writers of Kashmiri language to provide them a platform to deliberate upon the issues of their mother tongue.

Before embarking on the historic journey in the morning of July 1st, the AMK caravan was accorded a warm see-off by eminent poets and writers of the State from the Press Enclave Srinagar. They include Prof Rahman Rahi, Prof Marghoob Banhali, Prof Muhammad Zaman Azurdah and Ghulam Nabi Gowhar. They hailed AMK for its “courageous and novel” step to organise the “Kashir Conference” in far-off Poonch.

In Shopian, “Maraz Cultural Sangam” and “Bazm-e-Saqafat Shuyan” had organised a reception for the caravan at the Town Hall. Similarly, the litterateurs of Surankote led by noted poets Ayub Shabnam had organised a grand reception for the AMK caravan which witnessed historic scenes of jubilation. AMK office-bearers heartily acknowledged the love, affection and encouragement received at both the receptions enroute Poonch.

On arrival in the Poonch town, the caravan from Kashmir was warmly received by people at the venue of the conference-Govt Degree College  Poonch. Soon a Mushaira was organised with the sponsorship of Information Department which was presided by Prof Mashal Sultanpori with  Ms Santosh Nadan and District Information Officer Poonch in the presidium. Renowned satirist and humorist Talha Jahangir enthralled the audience with his inimitable  presentation.

On the first day of the conference on July 2nd, the J&K litterateurs debated the importance of mother tongue while praising AMK for providing a rare opportunity for free exchange of ideas and opinions on the subject.

The proceedings of the conference began with Tilawat-e-Quran Sharief and Na’at Khwani. AMK Tarana was also presented for the first time as its lyrics and music composition mesmerised the audience.

Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik, MLA Poonch Aijaz Jan andMLC Jahangir Mir who attended the conference,  in their speeches appreciated  AMK for reaching out to mountainous region of Poonch to sensitise people about importance of mother tongue. They extending their whole-hearted support to AMK in its endeavours to promote local languages in far-off regions of the State. “Concerns of AMK regarding mother tongues of different regions of the State are genuine, and  efforts like holding conferences in far-off regions would go a long in preservation and promotion of the mother tongues. This conference is a welcome step to sensitise people about mother tongues and culture and their revival,” Mr Abdul Gani Malik observed.

For the first time a special guest from across LoC,  Showkat Majeed, the secretary of the  Pakistan-administered Kashmir Government travelled to Poonch to participate in the AMK’s annual conference.

Earlier, in his inaugural address, president AMK Dr Aziz Hajni demanded that Kashmiri language should be introduced as a subject in the government colleges where there are predominant speakers of the language. Presenting the annual report of AMK, General Secretary AMK Dr Shujaat Bukhari said by traversing through Mughal Road to reach  Poonch, the caravan of Kashmiri litterateurs have come with an everlasting message that different regions of the State share a common civilisation, history and literature. Expressing anguish over government’s lukewarm response to efforts of promotion of Kashmiri language, he said AMK encourages promotion of mother tongues of the people of the various region of State.

In a special session dedicated to renowned writers and poets  of Poonch, papers were presented on Krishan Chander, Charag Hassan Hasrat and Tehseen Jafri by K D Maini, Mahmoodul Hassan and Manshoor Banhali respectively.

In the book release segment, four books Kashiri manz nantiya shairi (Bashir Baderwahi), Ponmpren gath (Shahbaz Rajourvi), Put vanuk sada (Fida Rajourvi) and Kulyat-e Hazeen (Late Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hazeen were released.

In the segment of critical appreciation of  literary writings, Rinku Koul’s short story was critically reviewed by Shahid Dilnavi whileas Akhter Mansoor’s ghazal was critically reviewed by Muhammad Yusuf Mashhoor. The session was chaired by Ayaz Rasool Nazki.

A symposium on the famous Kashmiri adage “Kasheer chhani kahie ghar” was part of the proceedings in which Dr Farooq Fayyaz presented an introductory paper followed by a lively discussion. This was one of the most vibrant segments of the two-day conference in which litterateurs and lovers of Kashmiri langauge debated and discussed the history, definition and essence of Kashmiri language and literature. The participants of the conference explained their own understanding of the “real Kashmir and real Kashmiri.” With varied viewpoints on the theme, all agreed that the original Kashmiri ethos, culture and language has to be preserved and promoted.

The segment was so enlivening and academically enlightening that many participants demanded a separate conference on the theme in Kashmir.The session was chaired by MLA Langate Engineer Rasheed.

On the second day of the conference. Minister for Finance Abdul Raheem Rather and MoS Power Shabir Ahmad Khan attended the conference as chief-guest and guest of honour respectively. Terming the “Kashir Conference” in Poonch as a historic literary event and important milestone to promote and preserve the common civilisation and mother tongues of Jammu & Kashmir,  Mr Rather and Mr Khan lauded AMK for reaching out to far-off Poonch and Rajouri region with its mission.  Mr Rather said AMK’s historic decision to hold the  conference in Poonch is being widely hailed by the inhabitants of Poonch. “Your gesture to reach out to poets and writers of Poonch region is being widely hailed even by those whose mother tongue is not Kashmiri,” he said. Terming Mughal Road as “bridge of civilisation,” he appreciated AMK for travelling

through Mughal Road to reach Poonch sayinf it will strengthen the relation between people of Rajouri-Poonch region and Kashmir.

Responding to AMK demand that government fulfils its promise of introducing Kashmiri as a subject at secondary school level, Rather assured that he will take up the matter with Chief Minister and ensure that this long pending demand is fulfilled. Sharing the AMK concerns about the various mother tongues of J&K, Rather said government is committed to promote all mother tongues and eager to seek help and guidance of AMK in that objective.

MoS Power Shabir Ahmad Khan in his speech said: “This conference will go a long way in promoting the Kashmiri language in Poonch-Rajouri regiomn. “We will provide all the support to AMK in its activities in this region,” Khan maintained. He invited AMK to hold next annual conference in Rajouri.

MLA Poonch Ajaz Jan and MLC Jahangir Mir, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Noor Ahmad Baba and Prof G L Sharma principal Govt Degree College Poonch were Guests of Honour at the valedictory function.

In an emotional vote of thanks , AMK General Secretary Dr Shujaat Bukhari said the love and affection showered to the caravan from Kashmir by inhabitants in Poonch is a strong statement that the common history and civilisation of various regions of the state cannot be eclipsed by artificial walls of any sorts. “We are leaving with a renewed resolution that we  have to overcome all barriers to reach out to each other and rediscover our common history and civilisation,” he maintained.

The prestigious AMK annual awards were given away in the valedictory session. The awards are given to people from different walks of life for their contributions in promotion of Kashmiri language and literature. Noted poet, researcher and folklorist Ghulam Nabi Aatish was conferred this year’s “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” award for his tremendous contribution towards Kashmiri literature, particularly folklore and literary research.  “Karwan-e-Adab” Dab Ganderbal bagged the “Sharaf-e-Kamraz” award in the category of literary organisations, for its efforts on ground to reach out to poets and writers of Kashmiri language and provide them exposure and opportunity to show their talent.  The award carries cash prize, memento and citation for the each awardee.

This year’s “Khilat-e-Hanfi Sopori”  awards were conferred to noted Kashmiri singer Raashid Jahangir, prominent broadcaster and poet Rukhsana Jabeen . The award carries cash prize, shawl, citation and memento to each awardee.

The “Mohi-u-din Hajni Gold Medal,” which is given to a student who tops the MA Kashmiri examination of Kashmir University, in collaboration with Kashmiri daily newspaper “Sangarmal” has been bagged this year by Shabir Ahmad Ganie.

Earlier, two resolutions were passed demanding teaching of Kashmiri as a subject in the schools and colleges of the Kashmiri speaking areas of the Jammy province. Another resolution demanded reviving of the Kashmiri department of the J&K Cultural Academy.  The session was chaired by Bashir Baderwahi with Prof Nasir Mirza in the presidium.

A Mushaira sponsored by Doordarshan Kendra Jammu was part of the proceedings on the concluding day of the conference.

Mementos and Certificate of Appreciation were presented to Prof Musaraf Shah, Adv Iftikhar Bazmi, Abdul Razaq, Bashir Qadri, Jan Muhammad Wani, Ahtisham Bhat, Prof Abbassi, Shamem Ahmad Banday, Nazuk Hussain Shah, Muzaffar Ahmad, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Parvez Malik, Arshad Mir and Muhammad Shafiq, for their exemplary  support during the conference.

Late in the evening noted singer Raashid Jahangir mesmerised the audience by singing his hit songs.

The various segments were   captivatingly anchored by Muhammd Amin Bhat,  Dr Shujaat Bukhari, Ghulam Nabi Shakir, Shahnaz Rasheed, Khursheed Qureshi and Shabnam Tilgami.

Pertinent to mention that this year conference saw participation of a cross section of  society writers, entrepreneurs, journalists, academicians, columnists, businessmen and civil society members . They include:  Prof Nasir Mirza, Ahmad Ali Fayyaz, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Shakeel Qalander, Prof Sanaullah Parwaz, Noor Ahmad Baba, Muhammad Shafi Pandit, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Shakil Qalander,  Engineer Rasheed, Muhammad Ahsan Ahsan Piyaray Hatash, Rukhsana Jabeen, Talha Jahangir, Atiqa Bano, Santosh Nadan, Shabir Mujahid, Abdul Hameed of Raheem Motors, Bashir Ahmad Dar,  Dr Shafaq Sopori, Nusrat Andrabi, Javid Iqbal, Dr Farooq Fayyaz, Shad Ramzan, Majrooh Rasheed, Rattan Talashi, Shahbaz Rajourvi,  Sahfiq Mir, Hadmeedah Nayeem, Bashir Baderwahi, Vijay Wali, Ayash Arif, Nisar Gilani, Showkat Gayoor, Rattan Talashi, Bashir Bhwani and Nazir Azad.

The AMK office bearers Aziz Hajni (President), Atiqa Bano (Vice-President),  Dr Shujaat Bukhari (General Secretary), Zameer Ansari (Secretary) Pervez Majeed (Media Secretary), Muhammad Ahsan Ahsan (Treasurer) and Majeed Majazi (Librarian) ably performed their responsibilities during the historic conference.

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