Kashmiri deserves classical language status

May 28, 2010

Teng urges civil society to work for the cause

Nazir Ganaie 

Making a strong case for according classical status to Kashmiri language, noted historian and writer Muhammad Yusuf Teng on Tuesday urged civil society, especially literary and cultural organizations, to make efforts in this direction.               Srinagar, May 25: Making a strong case for according classical status to Kashmiri language, noted historian and writer Muhammad Yusuf Teng on Tuesday urged civil society, especially literary and cultural organizations, to make efforts in this direction.

He was speaking at a function, held in the auditorium hall of Radio Kashmir Srinagar, to commemorate the works of noted writer Ghulam Nabi Dilsoz. On the occasion, second edition of his poetry compilation “Kuliyaat Dilsoz” was also released. The function was jointly organized by weekly Kashmiri newspaper Sangarmaal, literary organization Adbe Markaz Kamraz (AMK) and Radio Kashmir Srinagar.

Urging the literary organizations to demand status of classical language for Kashmiri, Teng said the language has a potential and all the elements of a classical language. He also urged intellectuals, writers, poets and scholars to come up with a draft in this regard so that it can be forwarded to higher authorities.

“Kashmiri language has every parameter which a classical language should have and I believe by declaring it as a classical language, Kashmiri would be strengthened,” Teng said. He said the Kashmiri language has a vast history and it fulfills the criteria of a classical language, adding that if the status is secured Government of India will have to provide a separate university besides Rs 100 crore.

“Some noted historians like Kalhana and Abhivnav Gupta have scribbled the history in some other language. They were thinking in Kashmiri but writing it in another language was need of the hour,” said the noted historian.  Teng said Kashmiri scholars and those who are conscious of their heritage should demand classical character of their mother tongue to be recognized.

“Kashmiri has rich literary and grammatical traditions. It has its own script system, and an unbroken history,” he said. Meanwhile, most of the noted speakers at the function lauded the role of Adbe Markaz Kamraz, Sangarmal and Radio Kashmir for organizing such functions and bringing out the works of some of the literates who have otherwise remained unnoticed.

“Bringing out the work of Ghulam Nabi Dilsoz, who passed away at the age of 26, is a commendable job. Most of the people have forgotten such personalities,” said noted writer, broadcaster and former Director General of Doordarshan Srinagar, Farooq Nazki. He, however, maintained that the prose by Dilsoz should be studied again and researched by scholars.

“A fresh study should be carried out on his dramas and I believe that he will emerge as the pioneer of modern drams in Kashmir,” said Nazki. “Though he died at a very early age, but considering his writing style and treatment we can say he would have been a wonderful writer. Even in his short writing stint his writing has been impactful,” he added. Earlier in his welcome address, chairman AMK, Dr Aziz Hajini said, “AMK is committed to explore the writing of people who could not make it public.”

“Releasing a book or organizing a function doesn’t mean that we are making him the hero, but we are trying to contribute to the literary sphere of the valley,” he said.

Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist and General Sectary AMK, Shujaat Bukhari said, “It is our duty to explore the writers who have gone unnoticed.”

“Releasing the second edition of Kuliyaat Dilsoz was our responsibility and we have done it,” he added. Two papers on the life and literary works of Dilsoz were presented by noted broadcaster Shamshad Krawalwari and Head, Kashmiri Department, University of Kashmir, Prof Shad Ramzan. Deputy Editor Sangarmal and Buland Kashmir, Khurshid Ahmad Wani moderated the proceedings. Noted poetess and Assistant Director Radio Kashmir Ruksana Jabeen presented vote of thanks.

Others who spoke on the occasion included noted poet Prof Margoob Banhali, senior journalist and writer G N Khayal, Director Radio Kashmir Bashir Arif besides son of Ghulam Nabi Dilsoz, Ghulam Rasool Bhat. The function was attended among others by Shahid Budgami, Prof Zaman Azurdah, Abdur Rashid Khan, Iqbal Nazki, Noor Shah, Qazi Muhammad Amin, Prof M H Zafar, Sultan-ul-haq Shahidi, G M Wani, Prof Farooq Fayaz, Fayaz Tilgami, Shahnaz Rashid, Zameer Ansari, Muhmamad Amin Bhat, Nazir Josh and Riyaz Masroor besides students and scholars.

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