JAMMU, NOV 01 – On the eve of National Authors Day 2022, the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture, and Languages (AACL), under the guidance of Sh. Bharat Singh (JKAS), Secretary (AACL), has successfully organised a Multilingual Mushaira at K.L. Saigal Hall inside AACL’s premises in Jammu. The event witnessed a multitude of eminent and celebrated poets of varied regional languages of Jammu & Kashmir.
At the outset, in the welcome address on behalf of the Secretary (AACL), Dr Shahnawaz, Cultural Officer cum Editor (Gojri) at AACL, thanked the august gathering for their support and also thanked Shri Bharat Singh, Secretary (AACL), for his invaluable guidance for such initiatives. The proceedings by Mr Yashpal Nirmal, an Assistant Editor (Dogri) at AACL, compere the event.
The inaugural session was presided over by Mr Pritpal Singh Betaab, a renowned Urdu poet and an Ex-IAS Officer. In his presidential address, Mr Pritpal Singh appreciated the efforts of the entire team of AACL for organising the event. Prof Shalini Rana, Head of the English Department at Government Degree College Canal Road, acknowledged the unprecedented event organised by the AACL to commemorate National Authors Day. And Mr Prem Nath Shad, a renowned Kashmiri Poet, too, was the Guest of Honour during the event.
The key dignitaries who graced the event with their poetic recitals included the likes of Mr Ahmed Shanas, an Urdu poet and a retired JKAS Officer; Pyasa Anjum, a renowned Punjabi poet; Prof Vijaya Thakur, an established Dogri poet; Mr Baljeet Singh Raina, an acclaimed Punjabi poet; Mr Keval Krishan Keval, a celebrated Dogri poet; Mr Naseem Akhtar, a renowned Gojri poet; Ms Dolly Tickoo, a well-known Kashmiri poet; Mr Swami Anter Neerav, a prominent Pahari poet; Ms Aruna Sharma, a famed Hindi poet; Mr Toyuib Raza Geelani, a distinguished Gojri poet; and Mr Sanjeev Bhasin, an esteemed Hindi poet.
The remarkable mushaira culminated with a vote of thanks by Dr Rattan Bashotra, Editor (Dogri) at AACL. AACL’s effort in promoting the culture is receiving praise from the art and culture connoisseurs of the region.