Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 11 2018 11:02PM | Updated Date: Oct 11 2018 11:02PM
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First anniversary of Ateeqa ji observed

The first death anniversary of Ateeqa Ji, the founder of famous Meeras Mahal  museum at Sopore this week. On this occasion a grand function was organised in which experts from varied fields and art lovers participated. Salim Beg, state convener of INTACH who delivered the lecture on the occasion said “it was great delivering first Atiqa Ji memorial address sponsored by Sahitya academy at Meeras Mahal Sopore. She has singlehandedly built a wonderful collection of objects of decorative and daily use. These artifacts have immense heritage value and will help in understanding the life styles and arts of our past. The museum is awaiting major intervention in terms of cataloguing, intervention in interpretation, preventive conservation and display.”

Beigh further said that Atiqa Ji has been a extraordinary personality. Besides culture she was a very ardent went rights activist, he said.

The event was jointly organised by JKAACL, Sahitiya Academy Dehli, Majlis Niswnaa Sopore and College of Education Sopore..

On this occasion Annual Ateeqa jee Memorial awards were also distributed among veteran oraginastions and personalities including Adbhe Markaz Kamraaz JK and Secretary JKAACL Dr Aziz Hajni.

Professor Muhammad Zaman Azurdah and Dr Aziz Hajni were Chief Guests for first and second sessions at the event respectively.

Music concert marks World Mental Health Day

On the eve of "World Mental Health Day" a music concert was organized at Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Badamwari Srinagar Kashmir by some of the leading artists of the valley.

The artists who mesmerised the audience with their performances included  Waheed Jeelani, Raja Bilal, Altaf Sahil, Zahoor Ahmad, Ghulam Mohammed, Wahid, Furqan Saznawaz and others.

The hospital termed recreation and music as part of the treatment process as such activities are said to help the patients. “Music has a therapeutic value in treatment of mental order disorders,” said statement by the hospital adding the singers offered to hold such programs in future as well.

Noted psychiatrist, and professor at the Institute Dr Arshad Hussain said, “today was special for Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences. The artists enthralled us all and above all mesmerised the patients with their beautiful voice.  The rapt attention with which all patients were listening to the programme was a sight to watch. 

We are also thankful to all the artists for their support and suggestions besides enchanting singing.”

World Urdu Association organizes Two-Day National Seminar

New Delhi: World Urdu Association (WUA) in collaboration with FAAMC, CF and IIPS organized a two-day national seminar entitled " Sufism in Urdu, Persian and Arabic Literature" at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in which dignitaries along with research scholars from across different States participated. 

The seminar was segmented into six sessions. The inaugural session was chaired by Prof. Arif Ayubi, Prof. Ather Farouqi, Prof. Muzaffer Alam, Prof. Khan Masood, Prof. Syed Akhter Hussain. 

Chairman WUA, Prof. Khwaja Ekramuddin in his welcome address, said that Sufism has always been focusing on this prosperity, through the reliance on the purification (Tazkiyah) process, which means the inner reparation of human beings. "So that, they may be able to receive the divine knowledge, and achieve a universal balance that almighty God has perfectly created," he said. "In the present era where the spirit of hatred is being spread everywhere, there is an immense need to implement and follow the path of Sufism to gain the spirit of peace, fraternity, co-existence and mutual understanding."

Prof Ekramuddin urged participants to extensively promote and participate in such conferences and seminars. 
Prof. Arif Ayubi, Prof Ather Farouqi and Prof Syed Akhter Hussain along with other orators stressed upon imbibing among the masses the real spirit of Sufism. Prof. Syed Akhter Hussain added that to understand the real essence of Sufism only literature is not enough rather we should comprehend the discipline of Social Sciences in order to possess the complete understanding of spiritualism and all its shades. The vote of thanks was delivered by director WUA Mohd Ruknuddin while the session was anchored by Dr Shafi Ayub.

Workshops on Paper Conservation, Calligraphy, Art Photography on anvil

SRINAGAR: Aiming to create awareness among the Gen-next about the rich culture, heritage and art of the state, the department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums has come up with a series of events in upcoming months.

Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Muneer-ul-Islam while revealing the calendar of activities during winter season, said that Kashmir has been known for rich cultural heritage from centuries together and the department is duty bound to identify, preserve and create awareness among the younger generation about the rich cultural heritage of the State in different forms including workshops, exhibitions and debates

He said the department is organizing a workshop on Paper Conservation in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts New Delhi and INTACH.

Muneer-ul-Islam said the aim of the workshop will be to make the stakeholders aware about the conservation and packaging of age-old books. He said the workshop will be open for government departments and private institutions and individuals who posses age old artifacts especially books so that those assets can be preserved properly.

He said the department is also organizing a 5-day workshop from November 15, on ‘Calligraphy’ and ‘Paper making’ that will be attended by noted calligrapher Mohammad Idrees Qirtas from Karnataka. He said the aim of the workshop will be to make the concerned artists aware about paper and ink making for calligraphy.

The department is also going to organize 10-day workshop on Heritage and Art Photography in collaboration with Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (FTII).

He said there is a need to make the youngsters aware about their cultural heritage and such programs will sensitize them about their heritage and make their aware about the rich cultural heritage they have inherited that will ultimately help in conservation of heritage.

DoadTe Dug released

Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai released the musical album of poet Dr Syed Amin Tabish at Department of Information and Public Relation (DIPR) Auditorium.

The functioned started with live performance of reputed artists (Kifayat Faheem and Shahi Mumtaz) who sung Tabish’s Kashmiri gazals.

Dr Syed Amin Tabish in his speech said that there are 122 languages which are spoken by 10,000 or more people in India, which has a population of 134 crore. “When a language ceases to be learned by young children, its days are clearly numbered, and we can predict with near certainty that it will not survive the death of the current native speakers,” he said.

He said that when a language dies, a world dies with it, in the sense that a community’s connection with its past, its traditions and its base of specific knowledge are all typically lost as the vehicle linking people to that knowledge is abandoned.

He further said, every language spoken in the world represents a special culture, melody, color, and asset and to everyone the mother language is certainly one of the most precious treasures in our lives. “It’s a duty and responsibility to preserve it and pass it down from generation to generation,” he said.

Parents must establish a strong home language policy and make consistent efforts to help their children develop good literacy skills in their first language,” he said, adding that the first step parents should take is make children love mother tongue by finding ways that motivate and encourage its learning.

The singers who have sung the poetry of Tabish in this album include Waheed Jeelani, Kaisar Nizami, Muneer Mir, Shazia Bashir and Shaheen Mumtaz.

The event organised by JKAACL and DIPR, was attended by Secy JKAACL Dr Aziz Hajini, noted writer and poet Rehman Rahi, Justice (Retd) Hassnain Masoodi, Dr Riyaz Untoo, Principal SKIMS Medical College and number poets, artists and journalists, in addition of music lovers.

JKAACL announces State-level essay competition awards 

The Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Friday announced 18 State-level Awards in favour of students of different educational institutions under ‘Essay Competition’ a component of “Talent Hunt Scheme".

Secretary Academy, Dr Aziz Hajini while giving details about the competition said an all-State competition was held between the students of Universities, Colleges and Schools to write essays on the topics which includes New Horizons for Cultural Tourism in J&K, Importance of Cultural Tourism –with special reference to J&K state’ and Cultural Destinations of J&K for Tourists’ for University, College and School students respectively.

Under University Level Competition Naresh Kumar from University of Jammu bagged First Prize with cash prize of Rs. 25000 while Hina Majid from Central University – Kashmir and Tainum Qaisir from University of Kashmir won 2nd and third prize of Rs 15000 and Rs 10000/ respectively. Under the same category three consolation prizes Rs 7000 each go in favour of DilNaz Bano, University of Jammu, Nivadita, University of Jammu and Nusrat Nazir, Cluster University Kashmir, Srinagar.

Under college level competition, first prize of Rs. 15000 goes in favour of Asif Ali Bhat Govt Amar Singh College, Srinagar while as second prize of Rs 10,000 and Third prize Rs. 7000 goes in favour of SaieedQaisir, Islamic College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar and Rufshan, Govt Degree College Women, NawaKadal Srinagar.

Three Consolation prizes of Rs 5000 each are won by Vitasta, School of Law and Humanities, Jammu, Shahida Kousar, Himalayan Degree College, Rajouri and Noor Mohammed Bango, Distance Education, University of Kashmir.

At School Level competition Isra Iqbal, Hilpark International School Handwara won first prize Rs. 10000. The Second and Third prizes of Rs. 7000 of Rs. 5000 were won by Nahida Tabasum, Himalyan Educational Mission, Rajouri and Navam Gupta, Brahmrishi Shanty Veeddhya Peeth Udhapmpur.

Three consolation prizes Rs 3000 each goes in favour of Bilal Ahmad, GWS Baramulla, Aisha Bhat, Green Valley , Education Institution , Srinagar and Jahangir Ashraf , Government Boys H S S Kupwara.

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