Kargili writers enchant audiences on 2nd day of Ladakh Literature Festival

A speaker addressing during 2nd day of LLF.

Singer Thechu Lamo remembered
LEH: The second day of Ladakh Literature Festival (LLF), 2019 began with a scintillating performance by Kunzes Dolma, daughter of Tsechu Lamo during the event, “Remembering Tsechu Lamo; a reflection on gender issues in Ladakh that kept the audience spell bound at Central Asian Museum, Leh. Padmashree Morup Namgial recollecting the memories of his long working experience with Tsechu Lamo described her as the greatest voice Ladakh had till date interms of singing. Praising her dedication and devotion for singing, Namgial said that she was a real artist who was always ready to perform and would never say ‘No’ even when she was bed ridden for 9 years of her life.
Stanzin Lhadol read a paper highlighting the struggles and difficulties faced by Tsechu Lamo due to her belonging to a marginalised caste of Ladakh. For her extra ordinary voice, Tsechu Lamo was awarded the Sangeet Natya Academy Award by the then President of India, Giani Zail Singh. The audience also had the opportunity to listen to the original piece of Tsechu Lamo on the occasion.
The day was followed by vibrant sessions held at different venues including Alchi Kitchen, LAMO Centre and Central Asian Museum along with several workshops in Leh town. The participation increased from day one and all the venues remained fully occupied including dignitaries, writers, scholars and students.
Another highlight of the day was paper reading session in languages including Bhoti, Balti, Purgi, Sheena, Urdu and English by prominent speakers from different parts of Leh and Kargil. The session presenting the diverse languages of Ladakh was much appreciated coming from the rich experiences of the readers. It was followed by the event of multilingual Mehfil-e-Mushaira presented in Bhoti, Balti, Sheena, Purgi and Dardi by poets from both districts of Leh and Kargil. The poets with their literary acumen created an atmosphere of oneness spreading the message of communal harmony prevalent and known in Ladakh.
At Alchi Kitchen during the session on tracing the culinary evolution of Ladakh, ADC, Leh Dr Zahida Bano released the book titled “Dhontang- Food in Ladakh” authored by a group of 5 writers. Dr Tsewang Namgial and Rinchen Dolma, the local authors were present during the event in the panel and other authors are Alex Jensen, Sujatha Padmanabhan and Shiba Desor.
Fiction Writers of Ladakh; A reflection on their journeys, Art through new media- graphic and animation, Ladakhi dictionaries, Role of films in society, Role of theatre in society and Urdu and Ladakh Mushaira were the other events held on the second day of LLF’19.