2-day conference on Kashmiri language, literature, culture begins

Scholars releasing book on contribution of Omkar Koul at Jammu on Sunday.
Scholars releasing book on contribution of Omkar Koul at Jammu on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 6: A two -day International conference on Kashmiri Language, literature and culture started at K L Sehgal Hall here, today.
The conference has been organized by Kashmir Cultural Trust (KCT) in collaboration with Central institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, MHRD, Government of india, Sahitya Academy, New Delhi and J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages.
A host of linguists, litterateurs, scholars, media and cultural personalities besides the research scholars and students of various universities of J&K, Aligarh, JNU, BHU etc are attending the conference.
Dr. D.G. Rao, Director CIIL, Mysore inaugurated the conference this morning. Dr. Aziz Hajini, Secretary J&K Academy will presided over the function. Prof. Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice Chancellor Jammu University is the guest of honour.
Some prominent scholars, writers, social activists who were present include Dr. Jawahar Lal Handoo eminent Folklorist, Prof Ashok Koul Linguist from USA, Prof. K.V. Subbarao Delhi University, Prof. Uma Pappuswamy CIIL Mysore, Dr.L. Ramamoorthy CIIL Mysore, Prof Rajnath Bhat of BHU, Prof Mahraj Koul. Prof Mushtaq Zargar of AMU, Prof. Zaman Azurda, Prof. Shad Ramzan, Prof. Farooq Fayyaz, Dr. Afaq Aziz, Dr. Shafqat Altaf of Kashmir University, Prof. Nazir Dar, Aseer Kishtwari, Bashir Badarwahi, Arvind Shah, Sunita Raina Pandit, Makhan Lal Pandita, Jagannath Sagar, Prem Nath Shad, Prof P.N. Trisal, Brij Nath Betab, Rinku Koul, Rohit Bhat theatre director, social activists and KCT members Ramesh Aryan, Arvind Shah, Kundan Bhat, Mrs Promila Koul, Dr Roshan Saraf, president Samprati, A K Naz president Nagrad, Santosh Nadaan, Ramesh Hangloo etc. Besides, a host of members of Jammu based voluntary organizations like Samprati, Nagrad, Kalam, Neigrayetc also attend it.
The deliberations of the conference were divided into various sessions including presentations/panel discussions on various aspects of Kashmiri language, linguistics, literature and culture. The conference would also provide a meeting place for all those who are genuinely concerned about preservation of Kashmiri identity, love their language and culture, and may like to share their experiences, help work out strategies for its, promotion and preservation.
A major portion of day, i.e. 7th January which is the birthday of late Prof Omkar N Koul an eminent Linguist and Kashmiri scholar, whose contribution to Kashmiri language and linguistics is well known would be devoted to presentations on his works and contributions.
On the occasion a book on Omkar Koul edited by Ajaz Aziz was also released.