Preserving Dogri Imperative For Upholding Dogra Identity: Rana5 September 2021
Kashmir News Service
Jammu: Lauding the contribution and efforts of youngsters in the fields of art, music and culture in promoting Dogri, National Conference Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana today said preserving the language is imperative for upholding identity of the Duggarland and Dogras. 'The role of the people in general becomes equally important in achieving this objective in terms of speaking Dogri, which many of us shy away in our daily lives and while interacting with children in homes', Mr Rana said while releasing a Dogri album, produced by Joginder Jolly & Nirbhay Singh Slathia, here this afternoon. Mr Rana said the scholars, who are conscious keepers of the Dogra heritage, must also play their crucial role in promoting and propagating Dogri. He exuded confidence that harmony and reconciliation can be achieved as a result of reclamation of Dogri language. He said the Hindus, the Muslims, the Sikhs and the Christians are proud inheritors of the Dogra heritage and a collective effort is needed to make Dogri a day to day language. Besides, Dogri is needed to be promoted by organizing cultural events and literary festivals. 'We owe it to posterity to preserve Dogra language and bequeath it to future generations with a sense of pride and instil a sense of respecting all languages among our youth', the Provincial President said, adding that any laxity on this count cannot be forgiven. He said death of language amounts to the death of soul. Mr Rana expressed happiness over singers and radio jockeys doing their best in popularizing Dogri by preparing albums and giving performances at various events. Being rich in content and lucid in delivery, Dogri has huge potential of bringing communities together, he said. He also hailed the huge role being played by writers, intellectuals and artists in promoting Dogri over the years and said it is due to their strenuous and tireless efforts that the lovers of Dogri are getting well accustomed to the language. He said languages are essentially to bind the people and the mother tongue can play a great role in this regard. Mr Rana wished all the best to the producers, singers, composers and lyricists for producing the Dogri album 'Jammu-Ae-Tera Jammu Ae Mera and the Punjabi album 'Dil Jania'. These have been sung by Nirbhay Singh Slathia and Bandna Sharma, composed and written by Jitender Jolly, Music by Surinder Singh Manhas and videography by Ravi. Those present on the occasion included Capt. Lalit Sharma from Navi Dogri Sanstha, Om Parkash Dalmotra & Sham Talib of Adbi Kunj, Babu Ram Paul, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Suhail Kazmi, , Mohan Singh Slathia, Sohail Kazimi, Dogra Harish Kaila, Yashpal Yash, Jatinder Jolly, Surbhi Jolly, Advocate Suresh Dogra, Surinder Bindiala, Sapna Soni, Rajan Singh Jamwal, Nirbhay Singh Slathia , Vaishno Devi, Mohan Lal and others.