The elite poets, writers, scholars of Dogri and other languages assembled at the K L Saigal Hall, here today, to meet and interact with Padma Sachdev, the well-known poetess and flag bearer and ambassador of her mother tongue in the national capital as well as in foreign countries.
Organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, the highlight of literary program held in the honour of Padma Sachdev, who has been the face of Dogri outside the State, was the recital of her latest poems by of the poetess.
An author of 16 books-eight anthologies of Dogri poetry and eight books in Hindi, Padama Sachdev who celebrated her 72nd birthday in the winter capital yesterday, has been honoured by Varda University, Gujarat, where a table has been marked on her name.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Lalit Magotra said that the foundation of Dogri cultural Renaissance was laid in 1944 by Ram Nath Shashtri, B P Sathe, D C Prashant, Pandit Sansar Chand Baru, Dinu Bhai Pant and others but it was due to the poetic genius and diehard lovers of the language like Padama Sachdev that a strong edifice of modern Dogri was established.
Padamshree Nilamber Dev Sharma, in his address said like at one time India was known by two eminent women such as Indira Gandhi and Lata Mangeshkar, the Dogri language also became synonymous with Padma Sachdev's poetry for the people outside the State.
Padamshree Jatinder Udhampuri, the chief guest of the function, also highlighted her literary contributions.
Others present on the occasion also included eminent personalities like Prof Ved Ghai, Prof Champa Sharma, Om Goswami, Darshan Darshi, Gyaneshwar, Suman K Sharma, Prof Shahsi Pathania, Prof Archan Kesar and Mohan Singh.
Earlier Savita Bakshi, additional secretary, J&K Cultural Academy welcomed the guests. The program was conducted by Brij Mohan.