HAJIN, Sept 18: A poignant event unfolded in the serene town of Hajin as various authors, scholars and bureaucrats from across Kashmir convened to pay glowing tribute to late Dr Aziz Hajini on the occasion of his second death anniversary.
Organized jointly by Halqa Adab Sonwari and Wahab Cultural Society, the event was held at Higher Secondary Hajin to commemorate the legacy of Dr Aziz Hajini, a national awardee writer, critic, and former Secretary of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
Speakers on the occasion threw light on different dimensions of Dr Hajini’s multifaceted personality, especially his strong commitment towards the cause of Kashmiri language. Hajini’s son Azhar Hajini, while referring to one of his late father’s couplet about mother tongue, said that the biggest tribute to him would certainly be to love the cause he has lived for till his last breaths.
The event commenced with the recitation of the Quran, followed by Sagar Sarfaraz’s moving rendition of Naat. Alhaj Gh Nabi Dar, a senior member of Halqa Adab Sonwari, presided over the congregational Fateh Khawni.
Eminent scholar and writer, Prof Shad Ramzan, who also serves as the convenor of the Kashmiri Advisory Board at Sahitya Akademi New Delhi, presided over the session. Notable figures like Dr Rafiq Masoodi, Mohd Amin Bhat and Sannaulah Niyaz graced the session. Shakir Shafi delivered the welcome address, reminiscing about the contributions of Dr Hajini and Mohd Ahsan Ahsan with heartfelt emotion.
President Adbi Markaz Kamraz, Mohd Amin Bhat, in his keynote address, shed light on Dr Hajini’s invaluable services to the Kashmiri language.
Prof Zaman Azurdah presided over the second session, with District Commissioner Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmed Rana, as the chief guest and Dr Hajini’s son, Azhar Hajini was also present.
The event witnessed the launch of various books, including “Wanaiy yo Seer Assar” by Asmat Aziz, Shakir Shafi’s translation work “Aabeena Khana,” and a poetry collection titled “Gare Aziyat” by Faisal Ayub. Dr Gulzar Ahmad and Dr Qaisar-ul-Haq provided insightful reviews of the two works.
In a significant recognition, the well-known Sufi poet, Shah Mustafa Alvi Gulgani, was honored with the Khilat e Hajini and Syed Insha received the prestigious Hajni Gold Medal for securing the first position in BA Kashmiri Language.