Jammu: A two day Jammu and Kashmir Gojri folk music programme, organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL), began today at K L Sahgal hall, Jammu.
Haroon Rasheed presided over the function while Former MLC, Vibodh Gupta and Professor Shalini Raina were the guests of honor.
Secretary, JKAACL, Munir-ul -Islam said that JKAACL is committed towards promotion and development of all the regional languages including Gojri and this 2 day JK Gojri festival is a step forward in this direction.
He appreciated the scholars, writers and poets who worked tirelessly and still have been contributing a lot towards promotion of Gojri language.
Secretary said that in present era of globalization the language requires to have maximum translation works in other languages especially Hindi, Urdu and English so that other non Gojri speaking people get a chance to know about the literary and folklore work being done in Gojri through various means of present day technology. He added that the Academy is doing its best and has published various translation works and is having good readership even in the neighboring countries too.
Prominent folk music parties and noted Gojri singers from both Jammu and Kashmir divisions mesmerized the audience with their traditional and folk present.
The parties who performed in the event included Shah Firdous and party, Sameer Ahmed , Ajaz Ahmed, Ghulam Hussain Tabusam, Junaid Ahmed Dildar and MS Shabnam Akhtar, Basher Mastana, Qammar Shabwan, Yaseer Bashir while Rakesh Anand, Krishan Kumar and Neeraj Verma were the musicians.
The function was attended by prominent writers, artists, intellectuals from the Gujjar community besides Shah Mohammad Choudhary Advocate, Anwar Choudhary, Mohammad Rafi, Director Libraries, Dr. Jitendra Udahampuri, Professor Raj Kumar, Harbans Singh Vishav Nagrik, Dr.Manojèet, Yash Pal Yash and Dr.Harish Kaila.