The Kashmir Times, Jammu
Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Dogri poetry special number of www.kritya.in  released

‘Literature that binds hearts, can create a new world’


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 www.kritya.in here today.

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 's 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 it's growth.

“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 regard.

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 values.

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 Button NishaniO..;.”.

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 Sapolia respectively..

The Proceedings were ably conducted by a young poet and art critic Kunwar Shakti Singh while another young Urdu littérateur Liaqat Jafri presented of thanks.

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