The 5-day All State Writers’ Camp, organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, concluded Thursday at picturesque central Kashmir tourist resort, Yusmarg.
The camp had started on Sunday, the first time in the Valley after a gap of 24 years. The last All State Writers’ Camp in Kashmir was held in 1989 at Cheshma Shahi.
Coming from three regions of the State, prominent and budding poets and authors of nine languages including Kashmiri, Dogri, Pahari, Gojri, Ladakhi, Sheena, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu remained engaged in creative writing and discussions on literary issues.
Renowned Urdu writer, critic and poet, Prof Hamidi Kashmiri, who was invited to share his experiences with the campers interacted with the participants . He spoke about modern trends in literature and said that poetry and fiction produced in Jammu & Kashmir in different languages was of good quality. He advised young and budding writers to study literature of other languages to sharpen their writing skills. He said All State Writers’ Camp was a good initiative by the Academy and he was pleased to have visited the writers at the camp and listen to their verses and prose.
The camp buzzed with literary discussions and creative writing for five days and concluded with a multi-lingual mushaira (poetic recitation session). The session was presided over by Prof Hamidi Kashmiri.
The participants described the camp as a very important and successful activity which helped them a great deal in understanding literary trends and discuss language issues. They complimented the Academy for reviving this activity and hoped that it would now be an annual feature.
Speaking at the concluding session, Secretary Academy, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, said that in holding the All State Writers’ Camp an opportunity was accorded to the participants to engage in creative writing and literary discourse. He said by coming in contact with each other and putting up together for several days, different generations of writers get to share ideas and experiences and maintained that he was happy on the revival of the All State Writers’ Camp in Kashmir after over two decades and assured that it would be the Academy’s endeavour to hold it regularly.
The Secretary briefed the participants about various initiatives and activities undertaken by the Academy since June 2012 for promotion of art, culture and languages.