JAMMU: A 4-day Poetry Festival organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) commenced here today.
The event was presided over by renowned Hindi Poet and Writer Prof. (Dr.) Raj Kumar.
Prof. Nirmal Vinod, Dr. A S Amn Additional Secretary and Dr. Javaid Rahi Chief Editor of JKAACL were in the presidium.
The event began today with a Hindi ‘Kavi Samalan’ at K L Saigal Hall of JKAACL.
Prof Raj Kumar in his presidential address appreciated the Academy for its endeavor to develop National as well as regional languages. He said organizing a literary festival in various languages of the region will promote Dogri, Kashmiri, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Dr. A S Amn in his welcome address stated that the objective of this event is to provide a platform to poets to display their intellectual thoughts before an invited audience.
He said the Academy is going to hold more mega events in 2022.
Dr. Nirmal Vinod said that literature played an important role in the freedom movement and poetry in particular was instrumental to inculcate the awareness of nationalism among the masses.
The prominent poets who recited their poems on the various themes were Prof. Raj Kumar, Dr. Adarsh Prakash, Prof Nirmal Vinod, Shyam Bihari, Naresh Kumar Udas, Maharaj Krishan Moosa, Sanjeev Bhasin, Dr. Dogra, Pawan Khajura, Dr. Parshotam Kumar, Vikram Sahi, Amita Mehta, Dr.Jaspal Singh, Suman Paul and Sonia Upadhyay.
The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Rita Khadyal incharge Hindi Sheeraza.
Dr. Javaid Rahi presented vote of thanks.