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Weekly Notes

Koshur Saal in Bangalore 

The Kashmiris living in Bangalore were recently treated with Kashmiri culture, music and food. The mega event titled “Koshur Saal”saw the attendance of over 700 Kashmiris from all walks of life and different religions converging at Skydeck, VR Bengaluru. Even non-Kashmiris from different states joined the first of its kind celebration in the city.

Azmat Ali Mir, the organizer of the event, told the media that the festival was held with the aim of bringing together Kashmiris living in the city for an evening of celebration. The idea grew from a small get together to a large gathering after requests from Kashmiris kept on pouring and organisers had to plan a major event at a bigger venue. To make the event truly Kashmiri, organisers put in efforts to not only bring musicians from Kashmir but also chefs and spices. 

The artistes who rocked the stage included singer Reshma Rashid, poet and humorist Zareef Ahmad Zareef, stand up comedian Rayees Mohiudeen, singers Mohammed Muneem and Aabha Hanjura. According to organisers, the profits from the event would be used for the orphans in Kashmir under a mentorship model, where they can be trained under craftsmen. 

The food available at the event included mouth watering authentic dishes like Tabakhmaz, Dum Aloo, Rogan Josh, Goshtaba, Nadru Yakhni and more. 

The event was appreciated by Kashmiris living in Bangalore, and artists alike. An emotional Aabha Hanjura termed her show as the best ending to the year.

The event was sponsored and supported by J&K Tourism besides host of companies from Kashmir and Bangalore.

JKAACL releases Sheeraza Kashmiri

Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL)  Saturday released a special edition of Sheeraza magazine in the honour of renowned writer Late Gh. Nabi Gowhar. 

In this connection, a prestigious function was organised at the headquarters of the Academy. The function was presided over by Prof Mohammad Zaman Azurda, while as Haseena Gowhar, wife of late Gh Nabi Gowhar, Shahwar Gowhar son of Gh Nabi Gowhar was also in the presidium. Two papers covering life and contribution of Gh Nabi Gowhar and special Number of SHEERAZA Kashmiri were presented by Gh Nabi Aatash and Inayat Gul.

Earlier welcoming the guests, Secretary Academy Dr Aziz Hajini said that it is endeavour of the Academy to compile Special Number of SHEERAZA Kashmiri which will go a long way in bringing to fore the works of Late G N Gowhar. Prof Mohammad Zaman Azurda in his presidential address complimented Academy on bringing out this Special Number and stressed the need to publish the un published works of Late Gowhar.

People belonging to different walks of life were presented on the occasion which include Mohi-ud-Din Mirza, Rahim Rehbar, Ayub Sabir, Tanha Shihilpuri, Imdad Saqi ,Majeed Masroor, Shakir Shafi, Majeed Majazi, Ali Ahsan, Ab Rashid Shad, Gh Ahmad Makhmoor, Younis Waheed, Gh Nabi Adfar, Gh Rasool Sadoor, M.Yaseen Madhosh, Showkat Firar, M.Iqbal Iqbal, Asadullah Asad, Haris Rasheed, Shabir Hussain Shabir, Ruhi Jan, Zaffar Muzafar, Jawaid Iqbal, Dr. Syed Iftikhar Ahmad, Dr Shabnam Rafiq, Saleem Salik, Ab Salam Kousari, Iqbal Lone, Jameel Ansari, Asmat Aziz, Aafiya Qari, Tahir Ahmad.

Poetry collection Parchainie Jazbaat released

A day long Seerati conference and a cultural event was organised at Jhelum educational trust Baramulla, wherein a Kashmiri poetry collection by Tanha Kashmiris titled “Parchainie Jazbaat” was released.

Number of religious scholars, poets and people from the district participated in the event, which was organised by Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages in collaboration with Gulshan Ilm Adab Kanispora and Shadab cultural forum Andargam Pattan. The event was spread over three sessions. The book was released by known writers Fayaz Tilgami, Rashid Kanispori and others. On the occasion Qazi Hafiz Dilnavi and Rashid Kanispori read papers on the book.

The event also included a Naatia mushaira wherein number of poets mesmerised the audience with the religious poetry. Various Islamic scholars also addressed the gathering.

28 antiquities including 2 from JK brought back in last 4 years

New Delhi has been able to get back 28 Indian antiquities from abroad in last 4 years from 2015 to 2018. This was disclosed in by the culture minister in a written reply to the parliament. All of them were voluntarily returned. 

Out of 28 antiquities, 2 were from Jammu and Kashmir. Tamil Nadu got back the highest number of antiquities back with 8 artefacts. 

The statue of Mahishmardini was handed over by German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself to Prime Minister Modi during her state visit to India in 2015. The PMO had back then tweeted, "The statue is from Jammu and Kashmir & is a symbol of victory of good over evil"


The statue is now placed in SPS Museum. However the second artefact of Floral Tile, Harwan which was received from USA in 2016 never reached Kashmir. According to the document it is houses in CAC Section, Purana Qila, New Delhi.

In the written statement in Parliament, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had said, "The Archaeological Survey of India is constantly making its best efforts to retrieve the antiquities which have been taken away from the country in violation of the Antiquates and Art Treasure Act, 1972. Efforts are made to retrieve such antiquities as and when surfaced in foreign countries."

Let me Speak

With an aim to meeting people with different backgrounds and discussing the issues facing the society, a cultural event ‘Let me Speak’ was organised at Parihaspora Pattan.

The event was organized by ‘Captured Illusions Magazine’ with an idea to enlighten the youth towards better future. It also provided a platform to express themselves unbiased of caste, color and creed.

A number students and professors participated in the event and spoke on length about various issues. Many students spoke on the event on different topics related to the culture of Kashmir. The recent controversy over ban on Pheran was a hot topic among students who revealed how they felt on the issues.

According to organiser, the event was held to make public awareness and involve youngsters especially the students and create a responsive traditional and cultural opinion among them to tackle the intrusion in our superior culture of Kashmir.

Those who spoke on the occasion included students, RJ Radio Mirchi, Civil Engineers, Professor  and others.

Kashmir is not short on its Aya Rams’ and Gaya Rams’ some of whom jump from one mainstream ship to another, and some from resistance realm to mainstream.

Source: Greater Kashmir