PCLS organizes literary seminar

Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan, and other dignitaries launching a book in Ladakh on Sunday.
Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan, and other dignitaries launching a book in Ladakh on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KARGIL, July 16: The Purig Cultural and Literary Society Kargil (PCLS) organized a day-long literary and cultural seminar here at the historic mausoleum of Gyal Bibi in Karcheykhar.
As per a statement, the seminar attended by Chairman/CEC, LAHDC, Kargil, Feroz Ahmad Khan, and other guests, aimed to revive the rich linguistic and cultural traditions of the Purgi community and promote the local heritage.
In his address, the CEC emphasized the importance of preserving the Purgi language and culture, which hold significant value in the local context. He commended the efforts of PCLS in this regard and called for a debate on adopting the Purgi language as part of the broader Ladakhi identity.
Imteeaz Kacho, Joint Director of Information, Ladakh, expressed his views in the local Purgi language, highlighting the significance of preserving indigenous languages and cultures. He commended PCLS for their dedicated work in preserving and promoting the local culture.
Renowned writers and scholars from Leh, Khenpo Konchok Phandey, and Nawang Tsering Shakspo, presented papers on the origin and development of languages in Ladakh over the ages. Kacho Asfandyar Khan, a renowned Purgi writer and retired IAS officer, delivered a talk on Suru Kartse in old folksongs (Rgyanglu).
Mohammad Kazim, a local elder, shared a Purgi folk story (zGrums), and Zehra bi presented Purigi (tSod), a traditional sarcastic puzzle form.
Nawang Tsering Shakspo and Khenpo Konchok Phandey stressed the importance of literary debates among Ladakhi writers to explore the Ladakhi identity in terms of language and culture.
The afternoon session featured a poetry recitation presided over by renowned Purgi poet Syed Raza Rizvi Faroona. Seven poets showcased their compositions on diverse topics in the Purgi language. Councillors Barsoo and Thasgam praised the efforts of PCLS during their concluding speeches.
During the program, an awareness book on food habits, translated to Purgi by Muhammed Issa Sabari, a noted Purgi writer, was also released by the CEC, further promoting the local language and culture.