Khalid Bashir Ahmad, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, called on N N Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
The Governor, who is Patron of the Cultural Academy, discussed with Khalid the ongoing and future activities of the Academy and emphasized the important role which the Academy is expected to play for the promotion of art, culture and languages in the State.
According to a government press release he observed that Jammu and Kashmir State has an exceptionally valuable heritage of languages, history, traditions and culture which the Academy must effectively promote.
The government statement added that Khalid briefed the Governor about the recent initiatives taken by the Academy for the promotion of languages and literature and showcasing J&K’s rich cultural heritage and other activities of this organization. He informed the Governor about the to-date status of the digitization of rare manuscripts, calligraphy specimens and miniatures. He stated that so far 600 such manuscripts have been digitized, while the 5th volume of Kashmiri Encyclopedia has been published and work is going on its 6th volume. He also briefed the Governor about the progress on the construction of Tehzeeb Mahal at Srinagar and the renovation of Tagore Hall and Abhinav Theatre.
The Secretary, Cultural Academy, presented to the Governor a set of recent publications brought out by the Academy in different languages and briefed him about the volumes which are in the pipeline.