Poet Shahnaz Rashid’s second book released

November 1, 2017
Poet Shahnaz Rashid’s second book released

Srinagar: Noted Kashmiri poet and broadcaster Shahnaz Rashid’s book ‘Door Pahan Dewaran Manz’(Faraway in Walls) was released at a function organized by Adbee Markaz Kamraz here on Monday.

The book is the author’s second poetry collection. Various poets, writers, academicians, scholars and journalists were present on the occasion.
Shehnaz is a promising young poet of the Kashmiri language, known for his masterly grasp on linguistic expression. He hails from Nowpora area of north Kashmir’s Sopore town.
Born in 1958, he published his first collection of poems—‘Doud Khatith Guldanan Manz’ (Pain Behind Flower Vases)—in2006 which earned him much praise.
Speaking on the occasion, the author said, “I am writing from past 28 years and I am trying to put the shades of the pain. It took me nine years to write Door Pahan Dewaran Manz.”
“Before the book was sent for publication I used to make changes each day in it when I would go deep,” he said after the book was released.
He asked young writers not to repeat what has been already put in the public domain but contribute new thoughts and ideas which could inspire others. “We have lost a lot in Kashmir due to the present situation. There is a lot to write about,” he said.
The literary figures on the occasion hailed the writer for his literary works.
On the occasion, noted Kashmiri writer and educationist, Prof Naseem Shifayee, said Kashmiri literature, poetry in particular, is safe and its future is bright because of the ‘young and vibrant’ poets like Shahnaz Rashid.
“Shahnaz is not only a trend breaker but also a trend setter and his way to create a world of imagination is much ahead of his times,” she said. “He is the present era ‘Rasool Mir’ of Kashmiri poetry. His poems divert our attention to our present sufferings and also make us think about the coming issues.”
She said the author has sent his message with ‘full command and in clear words’, and has well represented the ailing Kashmiri society through his poetry. “Shahnaz has a sense of feeling about the coming events, which reflects through his poems and Gazals,” Shifayee added.
The event was organized at an auditorium of the Department of Information and Public Relations. Prof Shifayee presided over the function.
Those present on the occasion include Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani; former director of Doordarshan, Farooq Nazki; President of Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Dr Syed Shujaat Bukhari; Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy, Dr Aziz Hajini; Director of Information, Muneer-ul-Islam; and Prof Shafi Shauq.
The programme was conducted by the General Secretary of Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Mohammad Amin Bhat.
Bukhari, while welcoming the guests, said Rashid’s way of writing is always a surprise for his contemporary writers as he is always ahead of his times and conveys his big message in simple words.
“Many people have been complaining that Kashmiri poets are not writing ‘resistance poetry’ but I am sure, by reading the new book of Shahnaz Rashid they will get the answer to their questions,” he said.
While quoting eminent Kashmiri poet and Gyanpith awardee, Rehman Rahi, Bukhari said Rahi, in one of his articles, clearly wrote that Rashid is one among a few prominent Kashmiri poets of his times and “we need not to give up our hopes regarding good Kashmiri poetry”.
Justice (Retd) Bashir Ahmad Kirmani said Shahnaz Rashid’s Kashmiri poetry takes people in an era, which is around them but they have closed their eyes for it. “Shahnaz Rashid’s book must be welcomed in this context that like a dead body, he doesn’t flow with the water but swims against its flow like a real, strong swimmer,” he said.
He saidRashid is a poet of imagination and his world of imagination is so big, high and attractive that it takes his readers along and makes them feel the realities of life.
“Kashmiri people have been passing through a reign of pain and agony for more than 35 years and maybe there are more Shahnaz Rashids but they are not so visible due to the known circumstances, in this context, Shahnaz has broken the ice and we must expect others to follow his footsteps,” he said.
“In present times, many people have been writing poetry in the name of ‘Sufi Poetry’ who even don’t know the basics of poetry and Sufiism but we need to preserve our great traditions and it should be a part of our belief as well, Justice Kirmani said, praised the role of people like Syed Shujaat Bukhara for keeping the torch of Kashmiri traditions alive.
Noted writer Farooq Nazki said Rashid’s new book is the finest shape of Kashmiri poetry, which has been crossing over the oceans of evolution process throughout the centuries. “Shahnaz is a writer of light (noor) and his call towards the light is actually a call for all of us to have introspection in the light of present circumstance,” he said.
Secretary of the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Dr Aziz Hajini, said that for a real poet, it is not necessary that he or she must be having a qualification or degree in this field.
Hajini said the poetry is something which comes from within the soul of a poet and it has nothing to do with his educational qualification. “There are many good poets and poetesses in Kashmiri literature who are below 40 but they write such a great poetry which makes us believe that our language and its literature are in safe hands,” he said.
On the occasion, the book was reviewed by noted Kashmiri poet and educationist Dr Nazir Azad, who highlighted its many aspects and said the book needs a separate seminar or conference to discuss it thoroughly.
Dr Azad highlighted the word “Gash” (light) used in various forms by the author and said the author is actually a torch bearer who leads his readers from darkness to light.
Noted educationist and Kashmiri writer, Prof Shafi Shauq, said Kashmiri language will remain alive till Kashmiris are alive. “We have got poets of eminent stature like Shahnaz Rashid, who offered the finest form of Kashmir poetry to his readers, and keeping them in mind we need not to worry about the future of our literature,” he said.

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