A platform for writers

Excelsior Correspondent

Sahitya Academy, New Delhi schedules various literary activities throughout country to inspire masses for reading as well as writing. Very recently, a three days’ literary programme was organized by Sahitya Academy New Delhi in collaboration with J & K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages Jammu at K L Sehgal Hall, Abhinav Theatre Jammu.
This provided an opportunity for the writers of the region to express their view points, interact with each other and focus on their literary works.
In poetry recitation session ASMITA, Promila Manhas, Chanchal Bhasin Radha Rani, and Kiran Kanchan recited their poetry in Dogri. Promila Manhas and Chanchal Bhasin enamored the audience with their beautiful poems and skillful presentations.
In KATHA-SANDHI Rajeshwar Singh ‘Raju’, a journalist and talented short-story writer presented his thought provoking, short-story in Dogri tilted ‘Apne uper Bhari’ which was highly appreciated by the audience. Later on, he shared his life experiences in an interaction with the gathering thus elaborating upon his initial interests in writing in English and then in Hindi and what prompted him to write in Dogri.
Next day, the joint venture of Duggar Manch and Sahitya Academy, New Delhi was held at Samba that was also well appreciated and attended by eminent literary personalities and literature lovers. Mohan Singh Slathia, Sahitya Academy award winner and President Duggar Manch hoped that such literary activities should become a regular feature in future too.
On the concluding day of series, Surjeet Singh Hoshbadsali read his paper on Dogri potery and Prof. Shivdev Singh Manhas presented paper on Dogri Short Stories. Yashpal Nirmal read paper on Social Media & Youths’ literature in Dogri. The programme was organised by Sahitya Academy New Delhi in collaboration with Dogri Sanstha Jammu.
Thirst for knowledge should never die. The fact remains that if one likes reading then he/she knows that it will go on forever during life. One can’t leave it at any cost. Such should be the acquaintance with books.
Somewhat similar words were shared by Dr. Pardeep Kumar Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST (Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology with his poems and interaction about importance of books in our life during another segment of program titled “Person & Books”. He spoke at length about the role played by books to his personal development as a person and a poet.
The Series concluded with KAVI-SANDHI with a well known Dogri poet Bishan Singh ‘Dardi’ who enthralled the audience with his captivating Ghazals, poems and Verses from Ramayana.
While speaking about joint initiatives of Sahitya Academy, New Delhi & JKAACL , Prof. Lalit Magotra, Convenor (Dogri), Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi said that infusing interest among the youths and coming generation for writing and reading is a must. He said that the young Dogri poets and writers have the potential and are well versed with technical aspects of the various forms of literature. He assured that Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi has planned more such concerned over decline in book lovers and dying reading habits, activities in future for the promotion and development of Dogri language and literature.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Devendra Kumar Devesh, Special Officer on Duty on behalf of Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, wished for such collaboration in future also as both the institutions are working for a common cause. Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages presented Vote of Thanks. A large number of literary personalities and literature lovers enjoyed the series that was very successful in its mission to provide platforms to the talented writers and at the same time offered an opportunity to fellow literary personalities and literature lovers to listen to the creative works of well established writers/poets.