Jammu, November 27(Scoop News)- As part of series of language conferences started by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, a 2-day Hinidi Samelanbegan here today where writers and scholars presented their points of view on the status of Hindi language and literature with focus on Jammu & Kashmir. The conference was inaugurated by prominent scholar, Dr. Ved Kumari Ghai, amidst a galaxy of writers and scholars.
The conference is the sixth in the series initiated in October-November 2012. So far, Kashmiri, Dogri, Pahari, Gojri and Punjabi language conferences have been held where writers and intellectuals debated challenges to and opportunities available for these languages. In the coming months, conferences on Urdu and Bodhi will be held.
The topic of today’s conference was ‘Hindi Ke Samaksh Chinotiyan Aiwam Samadhan: Jammu Wa Kashmir Ke Sandarbh Main. The conference, which began with melodious rendering of Hindi verses by noted artist Sham Sajan and budding Apurva Jamwal, will have four sessions including the inaugural during which the keynote paper by R. L Shant was presented. In the first paper reading session today, three papers were presented including Uttar Do Hazaar Ki Jammu Kashmir Ki Hindi Kavita by Prof. Ashok Gupta, Jammu Kashmir ke Sandarbh Mai Hindi Patrikarita by Dr. Om Goswami and Jammu Kashmir Ka Hindi Rangmanch by Dr. Sudhir Mahajan.
On the second and concluding day tomorrow, four papers would be presented including Hindi ya Matri Bhasha, Lekhan Ke Sambandh Main by Chhatar Pal, Nari Vimarsh Aur Jammu Kashmir Ka Hindi Lekhan by Dr. Aruna Sharma, Kashmiri Bhasha Se Hindi Main Anuvad by M. K. Santoshi and Dogri Bhasha se Hindi Main Anuvad by Dr. Satya Pal Sreevats.
The conference will conclude with a Hindi Kavi Sammelan in which poets from within and outside the state will take part.
A large number of writers, academicians, poets and scholars of different languages were present including Prof. Lalit Magotra, Prof. Champa Sharma, Prof. Veena Gupta, Pritpal Singh Betab, Dr. Liaqat Jafri, Dr. Agnishekhar, M. K. Santoshi, Chhatarpal, Nirmal Vinod, Pyare Hatash, Sultan Ahmad, Baljit Raina, Icchupal Singh, Dr. Sushil Sharma, Anila Singh Charak and Dr. Raj Kumar.
In her presidential address, Dr. Ved Kumari Ghai complimented the Academy for organizing language conferences and said its publications in Hindi including the periodical Sheeraza as also other literary activities have helped a great deal in the promotion of Hindi language and literature in the State.
Dr. Ghai highlighted the need for Hindi to work as a link for regional literature to reach the masses of India and said that translation of works of Kashmiri, Dogri, Bodhi, Pahari and Gojri writers and poets should be done into Hindi to ensure wider readership. This, she said, would bring local literature into broader focus.
Earlier, welcoming the participants, Secretary Academy, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, said that the language conferences was an initiative by the Academy to bring stakeholders together and deliberate upon the status of different languages spoken in the State and issues confronting these. He said the initiative has been widely appreciated by literary circles. He said the Academy is publishing special numbers of its periodical, Shheraza, based on the proceedings of these conferences. Already, special conference numbers in Kashmiri and Dogri have been published while others are in hand.
Khalid spoke in detail about the activities of the Academy especially with regard to Hindi language. He said ever since the setting up of the Hindi language section in the Academy the institution has brought out umpteen special publications on various topics. He said the Academy has been successful in introducing many local writers to readers who have excelled in Hindi literature. He said besides publishing periodical Sheeraza and annual anthology in Hindi, the Academy regularly holds seminars, short story sessions and poetic symposia as well as annually providing subsidy for publishing books in different languages including Hindi and giving away Best Book Award. He said the institution also provides platform for young and budding writers to interact with senior and established writers and exchange ideas. All these activities, he said, help a great deal in the promotion of languages and literature in the State.
The Secretary hoped that the two day conference would go a long way in identifying challenges and opportunities for Hindi language and literature in Jammu & Kashmir. The proceedings of the conference would be published in the forthcoming issue of Sheeraza Hindi, he added.
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