A two-day seminar on ‘Akhtar Mohiuddin: Fan-te-Shaksiyat’ started at the University of Kashmir on Wednesday.
The spokesman said Vice-Chancellor Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi presided over the seminar, organised by the Department of Kashmiri, to explore the life and works of Akhtar Mohiuddin.
In his address, Prof Andrabi underscored the need for promotion of Kashmiri language and literature among the masses, especially youth. He assured the university’s full support in such endeavours.
HoD Kashmiri Prof Majrooh Rashid highlighted the aims and objectives of the seminar, as well as the achievements of the department of Kashmiri over the years, while Prof Mahfooza Jan conducted the proceedings of the inaugural session.
Prof Shafi Shauq, former Dean, Faculty of Arts and former head department of Kashmiri, presented the keynote address and gave an insight into many aspects of Akht and Mohiuddin’s short stories.
Noted writers and scholars including Ghulam Nabi Khayal and Dr Mashal Sultanpuri highlighted the creative depth and potential of Akhtar Mohiuddin and referred to several of his short stories wherein he has mainly discussed the life and times of the people of Kashmir.
A book titled ‘Rubayate Umer Khayam’, translated by Sultan-ul-Haq Shaheedi and annual journal of the Kashmiri department ‘Anhar’ was released on the occasion.
Dr Shafqat Altaf presented the vote of thanks. The seminar was attended by a galaxy of writers and scholars.