2 day Punjabi writer’s seminar begins
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 8: A two day Punjabi writers seminar on the topic ‘Samkali Punjabi Sahit, Jammu-Kashmir’, organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) commenced today at K L Saigal auditorium.
Principal Secretary Culture, Suresh Kumar Gupta, was the chief guest on the occasion.
Secretary, JKAACL, Bharat Singh and former Additional Secretary, JKAACL, Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn besides others were also present.
S. Ajit Singh Mastana, senior Punjabi writer and ghazal poet was the guest of honour in the function while Popinder Singh Paras, Senior Editor Sheeraza Punjabi, JKAACL shared the dais.
The programme organized under the guidance of Secretary JKAACL was attended by a large number of intellectuals, writers, poets, faculty students and scholars of Jammu University and colleges besides lovers of Punjabi language.
Principal Secretary appreciated the Academy for promoting local languages and cultural legacy of the region beaides encouraging the youth in this regard. He also appreciated the regular publication of Sheeraza Punjabi of JKAACL.
The Secretary said that the Academy is organizing literary, cultural and art events in different parts of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir to provide platform to young and senior artists. He added that the Academy has organized many such Punjabi literary programmes at district and tehsil levels in J&K. He emphasized that the seniors should encourage the young generation to pursue art, culture and literary pursuits, so that the next generation is prepared to make their contribution in the field.
In his presidential address, S Ajit Singh Mastana appreciated the Academy for organizing literary activities of Punjabi language at tehsil and district level. He also applauded the regular holding of Punjabi literary activities during the last two years.
During the first academic session of the seminar, three research papers were presented by Dr. Harbhajan Singh on the theme ‘Samkali Punjabi Kahani: Sarvekhan Te Mulaankan’, Dr. M P Singh on the theme ‘Jammu-Kashmir Vich Punjabi Bhasha Di Vartmaan Stitthi’, and Dr. Gurpreet Kour on the theme ‘Samkali Ate Jammu-Kashmir Di Punjabi Kavita Ik Jaiza’. Senior Punjabi writers including Khalid Hussain, S. Joginder Singh Paandhi and Dr. Monojit gave their impressions on content of the papers presented and other aspects of the session.