JAMMU, Nov 28: ‘Ahsaas Se Pare’, a book of collection of Hindi poems by Prof Vijay Saraf Meenaghi was released in a grand function organized by Dogri Sanstha, Jammu, here today.
The book is unique in many respects. It is tastefully and artistically designed , large sized voluminous book of 743 pages containing 183 Hindi poems along with their translation in 6 languages, i.e. Dogri, Punjabi, Sanskrit, English, Urdu and Nastalik (Kashmiri) in addition to transcription in original scripts of Dogri & Kashmiri, i.e. in Dogre Akkhar and Sharda.
Further, accompanying each poem is a sketch or painting (in black & white) by the author himself, who is also a renowned and veteran artiste of national and international repute. The translation in 6 languages has been rendered by senior scholars of respective languages, namely S N Pandit, R L Betab, Mohan Singh, Sham Lal Raina, Dr Baljit Singh Raina and Shuja Sultan.
An audio-visual presentation of musical compositions of the poems of the author was also made, in which Sonali Dogra, Dr Navin and Vanshika have lent their voices and music has been composed by Brij Mohan and arranged by Kuldeep Sapru.
Dr Rattan Lal Shant and Jogendra Chhatrapal read papers on content of the book. They highlighted the merit and special features of the poetry and were of the unanimous opinion that this monumental work of Vijay Saraf is a significant contribution to the Hindi literature emanating from this part of the country.
Prof Lalit Magotra, who presided over the function, said that release of this book is a momentous event in the history of literature of this region. Elaborating his statement, he said that there are many ‘firsts’, associated with the book. He said more than the technical and design aspects of the book, poems of Prof Saraf have a soul stirring freshness and unique lyrical qualities, which set these apart from the bulk of literature which is available.
Earlier, Prof Saraf recited some of his poems which were immensely liked by the audience, comprising writers of all languages, prominent citizens and artists of J&K.
The program was conducted by Dr Nirmal Vinod while Gianeshwar Sharma presented vote of thanks.