Two-day “Kashir Conference” begins in Charar-e- Sharief

September 18, 2011

“Collective movement needed for Kashmiri language”  

The two-day annual “Kashir Conference” of Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) begins today at Charar-e-Sharief which is being attended by poets and writers from in and outside the state. Besides deliberations about promotion and preservation of Kashmiri language, the first day of the conference witnessed a series of literary discussions and debates.

The conference started with “tilawat-e Quran” and “Na’t-e-sharief”while a student Masrat Jan recited Kalam-e- Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA).  The inaugural session was presided over by eminent writer and historian Muhammad Yousuf Taing with Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Langauges Zaffar Iqbal Manhas and Deputy Commissioner Budgam Muhammad Rafi in the presidium.

Hailing the efforts of AMK for promotion and preservation of Kashmiri Langauge, Muhammad  Rafi  suggested that AMK should form some “Working Groups” which will strive for addressing specific issues of the Kashmiri language. Rafi said that poetry, message and philosophy of Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA) needs to be imparted to younger generation, for which they need to learn and understand the Kashmiri language. “This will prove  effective to  promote this language,” he maintained.

In his presidential address, M Y Taing stressed the need to institutionalise the teaching of Kashmiri language and literature.

“Kashmiri language is our identity, if we lose it, we will lose our identity,” Taing said. He announced two lakh rupees to AMK as a support in construction of its office at Baramulla.   Zaffar Iqbal

Manhas said that Cultural Academy is sincere about promotion and preservation of all languages of the state. “We have been supporting AMK and other cultural organisations in their endeavours vis-à-vis Kashmiri language,” he said.

Earlier welcoming the guests, AMK president Dr Aziz Hajni  said that AMK has not received any monetary assistance from  Cultural Academy or any other government body since past two years. “Despite various hardships we are doing our best for promoting Kashmiri language and literature,” he said. Dr Hajni lamented that despite assurances, the government is yet to start teaching of Kashmiri language in 9th and 10th classes. “We will continue our struggle till Kashmiri language is taught as a compulsory subject in secondary classes,” he maintained.

To point out the issues and opportunities of Kashmiri language and literature, Ranjoor Tilgami presented a detailed paper titled “Kashmiri language: issues and opportunities.” A session of audiences’ comments followed the paper reading.

A panel discussion on “Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA) and Contemporary education” was part of the first day of conference which was participated by Assadullah Aafaqai, Ghulam Nabi Gowhar, Dr Bashar Bashir and Muhammad Amin Bhat. A special session was part of conference in which  participants of the conference interacted with noted poet Ghulam Muhammad Gamgeen to know about his life and literary work.  Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq read his short story which was appreciated by the audience. Besides poets and writers from in and outside the state, noted literary personalities Prof Muhammad Zaman Azurdah, Zareef Ahmad Zareef, Dr Mashal Sultanpuri, Ghulam Nabi Gowhar, Dr Farooq Fayaz, Naseema Shifaye, Rukhsana Jabeen. Hasrat Gadha are participating in the  conference. Earlier, the office-bearers of AMK including Dr Aziz Hajni, Ateeqa Bano, Parvez Majeed and Zameer Ansari paid obeisance at the shrine of Sheikh-ul-Aalam (RA). They were felicitated by Ghulam Nabi Gowhar, President “Wast Kashmir Saqafti Vifaaq.”

The proceedings were conducted by noted theatre artist Muhammad Amin Bhat.  The conference will continue till 4pm, Sunday.

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