Campus Diary: ‘Iran-i-Sageer’, Mathnvi Rumi, Gulistan Bostan Dominate Heritage Week

Saba Khan

UNIVERSITY OF KASHMIR

University of Kashmir
University of Kashmir

On the eve of World Heritage Day, one week exhibition is being organized at University of Kashmir Hazratbal campus here.

The theme of the exhibition being ‘Cultural Heritage of Iran and Kashmir’ is jointly held by Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS), University of Kashmir and Iran Culture House, New Delhi.

The Director CCAS, Prof G N Khaki in his welcome address referred to the versatility and grandeur of Iranian civilization that had left indelible marks on the cultural and religious life of Kashmir.

Prof Khaki He referred to some of the prominent couplets from the likes of Mathnvi Rumi, Gulistan Bostan among others.

Dr Ali Dehgahi, cultural counsellor, Iran Cultural House New Delhi referred to age old traditions of Kashmir; its great culture; message of tolerance, peace and brotherhood and related it with Iran’s traditions.

Dr M Ajmal, Assitant professor-cum-curator Central Asian Museum, highlighted the significance of the world heritage day and said that the occasion “reminds us about the conversation and preservation of shared cultural heritage day” in the world context.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, in his presidential remarks emphasised the need to preserve the heritage so as to make young generation aware of its significance. He appreciated the centre’s efforts in this regard.

After the inaugural function, Dr Ali Dehgahi, Cultural Counsellor, Iran Cultural House New Delhi and Vice Chancellor, Prof Khurshid I Andrabi jointly inaugurated the exhibition at the Central Asian Museum, Allama Iqbal library.

Dr Ali Dehgai said, “after twelve years this programme held in University.”

The organizers said that the exhibition aimed at making Kashmiri students aware as how much ‘Kashmiri culture is related to the Iranian culture’.

A photography exhibition was held showcasing the top heritage sites.

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