Karnah/22-Oct-2023:The three-day Pahari literary and cultural program organized by the Academy of Arts, Culture, and Languages came to a close. On the final day, a special meeting was held with the renowned artist and writer Abdul Rashid Qureshi. The event also included the formal launch of the book by Peerzada Siraj ul Din Qureshi.
Organized in Karna, a mountainous region, the three-day program was an opportunity to celebrate and promote the literary and cultural heritage of the Pahari language. The program included a special meeting with Abdul Rashid Qureshi, a well-known writer and researcher in the field of pahari languages. The event was presided over by the renowned writer Professor Jahangir Danish. Additionally, former MLA Karnah, Kafil-ur-Rehman, and respected poet Abdul Rashid Lone Ghamgeen, along with former bureaucrat Abdul Hamid Khan, were present as distinguished guests.
Mir Hyder Nadim, a prominent writer and poet of the mountain language, presented a detailed and insightful article about Abdul Rashid Qureshi’s life and his significant contributions spanning over 55 years in promoting the Pahari language.
The program commenced with a welcome speech by Muhammad Ayub Mir (Naeem), the Cultural Officer of the Pahari Department. It’s worth noting that this program was organized through collaboration between the Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy and the New Light Public Model School in Chiterkot.
During the event, the organizers expressed their profound appreciation for Abdul Rashid Qureshi, not only as a celebrated writer but also as a dedicated, honest, and loyal individual. Abdul Rashid Qureshi’s service to the preservation and promotion of the Pahari language for over five decades was highly commended.
The event also included the official unveiling of the book “Sirtaj Awliya Khusrat Baba Abdullah Ghazi,” authored by Peerzada Saeed, in which the attendees extended their congratulations to Abdul Rashid Qureshi for his accomplishments.
Dr. Jahangir Danish expressed his gratitude to the Academy for organizing such a program, emphasizing that the legacy of someone like Abdul Rashid Qureshi cannot be replicated, and his contributions to music are unparalleled. He stressed the importance of organizing similar programs in colleges and schools to honor those who worked for the preservation of their mother tongue.
Kafil-ur-Rehman praised Abdul Rashid Qureshi for his unwavering faith and for utilizing the gift of language and writing given to him by God to reach people.
Abdul Rashid Lone Ghamgeen and former bureaucrat Abdul Hamid Khan shared their experiences and the time they spent with Abdul Rashid Qureshi during the challenges of the movement. Abdul Hamid Khan highlighted the significant work Abdul Rashid Qureshi did for the promotion of the language, stating that it can never be forgotten.
In conclusion, the program was organized successfully, and the responsibilities were fulfilled by Muhammad Ayub Mir (Naeem), the Cultural Officer of the Pahari Department.