Jammu, Feb 21 (Only Kashmir): A three-day ‘J&K Literary and Cultural Festival’ on the occasion of the ‘International Mother Tongue Day’, organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL), begins here today. Governor N N Vohra, who is Patron of the JKAACL, while inaugurating the festival said such events are useful for promoting heritage and culture and urged that youth from high schools and colleges should be involved in such festivals.
Governor observed that one can learn to appreciate the nuances of a society’s culture only through its language and urged that children should be encouraged to learn and speak their mother tongue.
Governor released ‘Who’s Who of J&K Writers/Artists’, which is a Directory containing information of writers and artists of the State, and the Annual Report of the JKAACL. He observed that the Directory will be very useful as it is a handy compilation of all writers and artists in the State.
Earlier, Governor inaugurated ‘Nostalgic Kashmir’ a photo exhibition in which collection of photographs from 1850’s to 1950’s of Royalty, Kashmiri Pandits and Temples of Jammu and Kashmir have been displayed.
Ms. Priya Sethi, MoS Tourism and Culture, stressed the need for encouraging children to learn and speak their mother tongue and assured government’s active support in the promotion of art and culture in the State.
The Key Note Address was given by Sh. Darshan Darshi, noted Dogri writer and Prof. Naseem Shafai, prominent Kashmiri poetess spoke about the importance of the mother tongue.
The Welcome Address was presented by Azizi Hajini and a Vote of Thanks given by Dr. A.S. Aman, Additional Secretary JKAACL. (OK)