KARGIL, FEB 14: Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Councilor (CEC) Kargil, Advocate Mohammad Amir today called for collective efforts to ensure preservation and promotion of cultural heritage to ensure its safeguard for future generations.
The CEC stated this while inaugurating two-day district level multilingual cultural and literary meet at Language Center here today.
The meet was organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Kargil, wherein about 70 writers, poets, scholars and folk artists of the Balti, Purgi and Shina Dardi tribal groups from different areas of the district are participating. The Advisor to CEC Kargil, Haji Muhammad Shafi; Assistant Commissioner Development Kargil, Barkat Ali Lone Nizami and a number of senior officers from District Administration were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Amir underlined importance of upholding glorious folk literature and ancestral values of the bygone-era, which forms an integral part of true identity of Kargil. He urged upon the need of cultural consciousness at mass level, so that every individual can contribute his bit. The CEC also appealed to writers and poets participating in the two-day meet to make sessions fruitful, purposeful and result oriented by way of their valuable research-oriented suggestions, inputs as well as constructive debates and deliberations adding this would enable the Academy to devise a roadmap for future course of action with regard to the challenges and opportunities of vernacular languages.
Meanwhile, 17 poets presented their poetic renderings while as research-oriented papers on Shina Dardi and Ladakhi folklore, besides short-stories were presented on the first day of the event.
Earlier, in the welcome address, Special Officer for Cultural Activities, Kargil, Mohammad Ali Tak, while highlighting aims and objectives of the two days event briefed about endeavors of Cultural Academy towards promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of Kargil.
Writers, poets, intellectuals, district officers, students and jam-packed hall of cultural and literary enthusiasts were present on the occasion.
On the second day of the meet poetry, short-story and paper recital sessions, as well as folk music performances, are slated to be organized.