Dogri Sanstha organizes symposium on Chhatrapal’s contribution to literature

Writers attending one-day symposium on the contribution of Late Chhatrapal to literature. —Excelsior/Rakesh
Writers attending one-day symposium on the contribution of Late Chhatrapal to literature. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 17: Dogri Sanstha Jammu today organized a one-day symposium on the contribution of distinguished Dogri writer, Late Chhatrapal to Dogri literature and media.
Prominent writers participated in the programme, which was presided over by Prof Lalit Magotra while Om Vidyarthi, Ex Director, State Forest Research Institute, was chief guest on this occasion.
Three papers covering the vast and diverse contribution of Chhatrapal were read out. Paper on his contribution to Dogri fiction and Dogri satire was read by Dr Nirmal Vinod while Preetam Katoch presented paper on Chhatrapal’s contribution to media. Paper on his contribution to translation was presented by Dr Bansi Lal.
The authors of the papers painstakingly brought out the salient features of Chhatrapal’s great achievements in the field of literature, broadcasting, Radio and television dramas, serials and documentaries.
Om Vidyarthi, while speaking on the occasion, said that Chhatrapal was a multifaceted personality and his creativity found expression in various genres of literature to which he contributed in a most significant manner. Whatever he wrote, he set a benchmark. Not only in literature, but as a social work activist also, he did exemplary work, said Mr Vidyarthi and also lauded dedication of Chhatrapal to the cause of handicapped children.
In his presidential address, Prof Lalit Magotra narrated many qualities of head and heart of Chhatrapal. He said that he was one of those great litterateurs of Dogri who excelled both in quantity and quality. He said that his untimely departure was a great loss to the Dogri literature in particular and to literature in general. He said, Chhatrapal left a deep imprint of his creative genius in almost all genres of literature and media.
“It is no mean achievement to have written nine books, 46 tele-serials, 1100 television documentaries and 115 telefilms -all of very high standard,” said Mr Magotra and described Late Chhatrapal as a rare genius, who will always be counted among the stalwarts of Dogri literature.
The programme was conducted by Prof Veena Gupta, Vice President of the Dogri Sanstha and former Head of the Post Graduate Department of Jammu University. Gianeshwar Sharma, vice president of Dogri Sanstha Jammu, presented formal vote of thanks.