Friday, April 6, 2012

J and K Writers Camp at Mansar concludes

Time ripe for Academy to start translation cell

 Expressing views at conclusion of the All J&K Writers’ Camp at Mansar, here today, the 24 participating writers drawn from three regions and representing ten languages of the State, unanimously urged the J& K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to start a full-fledged translation cell so that best literature being written in the State is made accessible to large number of readers at national and international levels.

Organized by J& K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages as part of annual initiative to provide a platform for a meaningful interaction amongst the creative men of letters hailing from different parts of the State, the five-day All J&K Writers’ Camp had started on April 2 at Mansar, concluded, here today.

The valedictory function was presided over by Dr Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, while others in the presidium included Raja Nazar Boniyari, Dr Lalit Gupta and Dr Farooq Anwar Mirza, Camp coordinator and Chief Editor of Pahari Section and Saleem Salik, Editor Urdu, who also conducted the proceedings.

Dr Arvinder Singh Amn said that it was Academy’s endeavor to provide a platform for writers to come together and develop better understanding of each other’s literature and its socio-cultural background. Dr Farooq Mirza said that he was thankful to the participants for making the camp a success.

The writers and poets were of the opinion that such camps other than exposure to each other’s literature also play a great role in inculcating a sense of brotherhood and amity amongst the participants coming from different as well as remote parts of the State.

Those amongst the camp participants who also spoke on the occasion included Balti poet Ali Akbar Khan Shaheen, Hindi poetess Aruna Sharma, Kashmiri short story writer Raja Nazar Boniyari, Dogri poet Virendra Kear, Hindi/Dogri poet Nirmal Vinod, Pahari poet Sabar Mirza, Manshoor Banihali and Ladakhi writer Nawang Tsering.

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