May 2016 News

Kashmiri Language Out Of Oblivion Now: Prof Rahi

12 May 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Valley's noted poet and writer, Prof Rehman Rahi Thursday said Kashmir's literary movement had been recognized the world over due to the efforts of many individuals and organizations like Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK). Prof Rahi, who was speaking at a book release function here, said the Kashmir language and literature had gone through tough times and has now come out of the shackles. 'The black clouds over the literary sky of Kashmiri language and literature are clearing now and the threat to its existence which was evident some years back is now waning off,' he said. Prof Rahi commended the AMK for taking up the struggle for protection and preservation of Kashmiri language. 'Existence of Kashmiri language's renaissance is linked to AMK,' he said adding that its (AMK's) efforts have brought this language out from oblivion and 'we hope that it will continue to work with same zeal and zest.' On the occasion Adbee Markaz Kamraz, Kashmir's biggest and oldest literary and cultural organisation released four books written including an in-depth account of its activities and journey since 1971 titled 'Adbee Markaz Kamraz-Tanzeem te Tahreeq' (Organization and Movement) authored by Riyazul Hassan. Other books written in Kashmiri and Urdu languages were Gaash Paghuk by Shabir Hussain, Saen Asnaf-e-Sukhan by Late Nishat Ansari and Neelima (Urdu novel) by Shafaq Sopori. Papers on the books were read by Dr Mushtaq Haider, Prof Shad Ramzan, and Nissar Nadeem. On the occassion AMK uploaded its quarterly bi-lingual journal 'Prave' online and is available to readers worldwide on Others who spoke on the occasion include noted Urdu writer Noor Shah, who was the chief guest, US based Kashmiri poet Muzaffar Aazim, who was guest of honour and Director Radio Kashmir, Syed Humayun Qaisar, Secretary J&K Cultural Academy, Dr Aziz Hajini, Abdul Ahad Hajini and AMK President Dr Syed Shuja'at Bukhari. They hailed the authors for their work. Radio Kashmir Srinagar had collaborated with AMK in organizing the programme. On the occasion the e-version of AMK's quarterly bilingual journal Prave was launched. It became first such magazine in Kashmiri language to be on the web to be available on Dr Hajini said everyone should keep the spirit high vis-à-vis promoting Kashmiri language and literature. 'This mission is dear to me more than my son and I am prepared to make any sacrifice to save the Kashmiri language,' he said. Syed Humayun Qaiser said people should encourage writers by purchasing their books rather than taking them for free. 'We should end this trend so that it will help our literature. Radio Kashmir also wants to work in collaboration with other organizations to help in inculcate reading and writing habits,' he said. Muzaffar Azim said people should highlight both positive and negative aspects of our society. 'Our literature has to go deep and try to focus on issues pertaining to our ups and downs in life. This will make us progressive and our literature more relevant,' he said. Noor Shah expressed gratitude to authors of the released books. 'This is really an optimistic and encouraging moment for all of us as people are writing books. Like Kashmiri we should take care of Urdu language also,' he said. Shah also suggested AMK to set up its Urdu department for the promotion of the language. Earlier in his welcome address, Dr Shujaat Bukhari said AMK tried to unite all organizations under one roof so that Kashmiri culture and language flourishes. 'We are thankful to people who supported us all along to carry forward the literary movement of Kashmir,' he said. The function was attended by a galaxy of writers, scholars, poets and students including Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Prof Naseem Shifai, Rafiq Raaz, Farooq Nazki, former CIC G R Sufi, Dr Altaf Hussain, Ayaz Rasool Nazki, Nazir Azad, Rafiq Masoodi, G R Hasrat Gadda, Dr Abdul Wahid, Prof Nusrat Andrabi, Dr Mubarak Ahmad, Mohammad Shafi Pandit, Muhammad Sayeed Malik, Shabir Mujahid, Dr Farooq Fayaz, Afaq Aziz and Riyaz Khaki.