The Kashmir Times, Jammu
Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Dogri poetry special number of
‘Literature that binds hearts, can create
KT NEWS SERVICE
JAMMU, July 4; Art and literature unite the hearts so efforts
should be made to use them as a binding force to create a “new
world” imbuing only peace and prosperity -- was the underlying
message on the momentous occasion of release ceremony of the first
ever Dogri poetry: A special number of web magazine
The function was organized by Organization of Art, Culture,
Languages (OACL), Kerala on the occasion of ”Kavita Utsav- II”
in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages
(JKAACL) at Abhinav Theatre. The Web magazine was released by OACL
founder Director Dr Rati Saxena, who was the guest of honour in
the function, while Chairman “The Kashmir Times” group of
publications Ved Bhasin graced the occasion as the chief guest.
Dr Rati Saxena, while releasing Dogari poetry special number of
the web magazine dwelt at length about the web magazine and
explained the objective and inspiration behind this determined
revolutionary effort. “Kritya is not just a web magazine but an
institution. It is a belief as through it we are striving hard
to bring Indian literature at par with international
literature,” she averred.
Rati maintained that J&K had always been a “dreamland” for her,
since childhood. “it has inspired poets across the country.
As far as literature from this place is concerned. it is simply
wonderful. It would take generations to grasp its essence. This
reflects the spirit of India. This was why we thought to launch
our regional web magazine with Dogri poetry special number. Just
to launch a web magazine is not our aim, our main objective is to
connect the people. We want to focus on different aspects of
literature including music and art,” Rati added.
She appreciated the contribution of littérateurs in this regard,
who she said were extending their full cooperation even in the
absence of any, financial assistance. Rati announced that soon
special numbers would be released on poetry in Kashmiri language
and even in foreign language.
Bhashin, in his address, congratulated Rati for making an effort
to explore literary gems of regional languages so to provide
them an exposure at the international level.
“Regional languages have a literary treasure trove, which needs
to be explored and brought at the international level. Regional
languages imbue the real essence of unity in diversity and this
is a matter of pride that Kritya has chosen Dogri language to
make foray into the world of regional languages in the form of
web magazines,” Bhasin asserted. He hoped that the effort would
bring the language at international level.
He stated that although Dogari is an old language , has a rich
literature , but a literary vacuum for longer period hampered
“However, in the forties, a group of dedicated litterateurs
including Prof R N Shastri, Yash Sharma. Ved Pal Deep and K S
Madhukar revolutionized the scenario and made vigorous efforts
to cover up the loss of six centuries in six decades and earned
the language its due proud status,” he recalled while
particularly mentioning about the role of Dogri Sanstha in this
Bhasin averred that languages and literature still break the
barriers and unite the hearts. “They still have the power to
change the world and create a new world, with peace and
prosperity us its innate characters.” Bhasin remarked.
He suggested that in the web magazine, the Dogri poems should be
carried along with the translation so that the people can be
acquainted with the intricacies and nuances of the language.
Earlier in his welcome address, noted litterateur of the state
and online editor ‘www.kritya in’. Dr. Agnishekhar stressed
the need to keep pace with the changing times in terms of
literature as well.
“Literature or more appropriately, languages which are a means
of communication, are also changing in the era of "Globalization"
and “Industrialization,” he maintained while referring to the
changing role of languages.
Agnishekhar pointed out that Kritya comprises the selection of
best poems of Hindi and English and with the release of Dogri
poetry special number, now Dogri literature too would be
available on web thus providing an opportunity to carve its
niche at international level.
An exhibition of Dogari Kavita posters was yet another
attraction in the function besides Dogri Street play “Dheeth”
presented by Rangyug artists. The play portrays the spectre of
present day Jammu and the problems confronted by it. The
performance touched almost every aspect of city life ranging
from population explosion to pollution and even loss of moral
Naina Sapru sang Dogari folk song ‘Pal Bhar Bat Jana Kol Jinde’
while Nirbhey Singh Salathia presented ‘Meri Gali Cha Phera Dall
Ja Tu, Mera Jee Ni Lagda’. Next was the duet folk song by Naina
Sapru and Nirbhey Singh ‘Kapde Dhoaan Kanne Roaan Kunjua Bitch
In poetry recitation, Raj Kumar Behrupia, noted actor .of
Rangyug recited Kehri Singh Madhukar’s poem ‘Be Chiraag Bastiyan’
followed by ’Muain Par Mulah Jade Mane Cha Jaldi Jalan Aih Mere
Samen Da Chalan Aih
Chanchal Sharma Dogari singer and Dr. Sudhir Mahajan, noted
Theatrist recited the poems of Padma Sachdev and Mohan Lal
Proceedings were ably conducted by a young poet and art critic Kunwar Shakti Singh while another young Urdu littérateur Liaqat
Jafri presented of thanks.