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Kargil’s Multilingual Mehfil-e-Mushaira ends on a High Note of Literary Diversity and Communal Harmony, Marking the Spirit of Ramadan-e-Kareem.

Kargil, 29th March 2024: On the auspicious occasion of Ramadan-e-Kareem, the Ladakh Cultural Academy orchestrated a grand gathering, the “02- Days District Level Multilingual Mehfil e Mushaira,” at the Academy Hall, Kargil a vibrant celebration pulsating with the diverse linguistic tapestry of the region. The event, spanning two days, served as a vibrant platform for poets from diverse linguistic backgrounds to encapsulate the virtues and essence of Ramadan through their evocative compositions. This beautiful literary spread the sanctity of Ramadan e Kareem, serves as a beacon of communal harmony and cultural richness

The resonant echoes of poetic verses reverberated through the halls by the participation of 19 poets hailing from various corners of the Kargil District, the Mushaira witnessed an amalgamation of poetic expressions in different languages and witnessing & gathering with their lyrical prowess, weaving tales of reverence for the Holy Month in languages including Purgi, Balti, Dard Sheen, Dard Aryan, and Urdu. 

Sh. Ghulam Ahmed Jawan, (State Awardee) was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Sh. Bashir Ahmed Wafa, President, Association of Baltis for Himalaya & Territories of Indus (ABHLTI) was the Guest of Honor on the occasion. Under their patronage, as the Chief Guest & Guest of Honor, the event blossomed into a celebration of literary diversity and communal harmony.

Addressing the gathering, Sh. Ghulam Ahmed Jawan (State Awardee) extolled the Ladakh Cultural Academy Kargil for orchestrating such a significant literary event. He lauding the Ladakh Cultural Academy Kargil for nurturing such platforms for literary expression. His words resonated with the essence of Ramadan, emphasizing the virtues of self-control, tolerance, and patience, virtues which this sacred month instills in humanity. He further added that the emphasized the pivotal role of men of letters in catalyzing positive societal transformation, underscoring the values of self-control, tolerance, and patience epitomized by the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Echoing these sentiments, Sh. Bashir Ahmed Wafa lauded the Ladakh Cultural Academy Kargil for its consistent efforts in promoting literary activities within the district as well as State and National Levels, thereby nurturing a vibrant cultural landscape. He further adding to the chorus of appreciation hailed the Academy’s efforts in fostering literary endeavors, underscoring the pivotal role of poets in fostering positive societal transformation.

The Eminent Purgi poet and writer of District Kargil Sh.Mohd Ibrahim Rahi and Sh. Raza Amjad Budgami a renowned Sheena Poet / Writer  sat in the presidium during the closing ceremony of the session.

Each poets a maestro in their own right, including luminaries who recited their poetry adorned the gathering with their evocative verses, transcending linguistic barriers to unite hearts in the spirit of Ramadan e Kareem are Ghulam Ahmad Khan Jawan, State Awardee (Sheena), Syed Hadi Shah Aga (Purgi), Bashir Ahmad Wafa (Balti), Ashraf Ali Sagaar (Balti/Urdu), Mukhtar Ahmed Zahid (Sheena/Urdu), Fida Hussain Wazir Fida (Purgi), Fida Ali Karkiti (Sheena/Urdu), Sibte Hassan Kaleem (Balti/Urdu), Mohd Taqi Khan Nayaab (Purgi/Urdu), Ahsaan Ali Bismil (Sheena/Urdu), Ghulam Nabi Zia (Sheena), Sajad Ali Shujaat (Purgi/Balti), (Purgi/Urdu), Tsewang Gailtsen (Dard Aryan), Dr. Elyas Kargili  (Urdu), Kacho Ahmadi Najaat (Purgi/Urdu), Ali Asgar (Balti), Ghulam Nabi Skit (Balti), Aga Sayed Kazim (Urdu). 

In his welcome address, Nazir Hussain, Deputy Secretary, Ladakh Cultural Academy, Kargil, underscored the invaluable contribution of Ladakhi writers and poets in shaping a literate and enlightened Ladakhi Society. He further underlined the significance of literary gatherings in nurturing a healthy society, praising the invaluable contributions of poets in enriching the cultural fabric of Kargil. He extended heartfelt gratitude to the literary fraternity for their unwavering support towards such initiatives, echoing the Academy’s commitment to promoting the rich tapestry of Art, Culture, and Languages in the district as well as State. 

The event drew a diverse audience, including writers, poets, district officials, prominent citizens, and enthusiastic school children, reflecting the widespread resonance of literary and cultural endeavors within the community. In the tapestry of our diverse linguistic heritage, events such as these serve as threads, weaving together a mosaic of cultural understanding and harmony, resonating with the timeless essence of Ramadan-e-Kareem. 

Concluding the proceedings, noted scholar Sh. Sajad Ali Shujaat, facilitated the seamless conduct of the 2nd day of the Multilingual Natiya/ Hamdiya Mehfil-e-Mushaira, while Sh. Zakir Hussain Khan, Head Assistant, LAACL, Kargil extended heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Ladakh Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Kargil to all participants, media fraternity and supporters, underscoring the importance of continued collaboration and patronage for the fulfillment of the Academy’s aim & objectives.