Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK) Friday organised a literary function to releasee “Panun Doud Panen Dug,”the Kashmiri poetic collection of its Vice-President Dr Rafeeq Masoodi.
Prof Rahman Rahi presided over the function while Dr Masoodi’s mother joined the presidium to release the book.
In his presidential address, Prof Rahman Rahi delved on the theme of the poetic collection terming it one of the few contemporary poetry in Kashmiri language which has bluntly described the pain and agony of the poet’s motherland. “Dr Masoodi’s poetry inspires the reader on one hand and on the other hand reminds him of the lost ethos of the society,” he said. Prof Rahi appreciated Dr Masoodi for daring to tread the unusual path in his poetic expression, saying he has dealt with the subjects of human relations and social issues with simplicity yet powerfully.
Terming the book as a potent addition to the richness of Kashmiri poetry, Muhammad Yusuf Taing said the poet has described his own experiences in a novel way which is actually portayal of the life and times of an ordinary Kashmiri. “Dr Masoodi’s style is simple yet aesthetic in presentation; he has described his views, experiences and aspirations in a way that reader identifies himself with it,” he observed. Lauding AMK for its efforts to revive Kashmiri language and literature, Taing emphasised that all shades of civil society have to join hands with it to preserve and promote the language.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Baramulla and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig said Kashmiri language is one of the eight distinguished languages of the world which are rich in grammer and vocabulary . Saying that Kashmiri language is “full of possibilities to reach to the literary zenith,” Baig however expressed disappointment that people are not speaking the language with their children. “This trend can have dangerous repercussions; because those who don’t speak their mother tongue are doomed to lose their identity,” he maintained. Appreciating AMK for its work, Baig suggested to initiate awareness campaigns through workshops and seminars to educate people about the importance of mother tongue.
In his remarks Dr Masoodi said he drew inspiration from his motherland and her times. “I wrote what I observed, and what influenced me; it is in fact spontaneous flow of my thoughts which have been put on paper,” he said. He thanked Rafiabad Adbee Markaz, its president Shahnaz Rasheed and other colleagues who encouraged and helped him to publish his poetic collection.