& Biradari News
General Meeting of the Kashmiri Pandits' Association, Mumbai was held on
14th September 2003 at Kashyap Bhawan. Apart from transacting the normal
statutory business, decisions with regard to renovation of flats and
modernisation of Kashyap Bhawan office were also taken.
Kashmiri Language Workshop was held at Kashyap Bhawan on 7th September
2003 under the Project Zaan. The objectives of the Workshop were a) to
promote Spoken, Reading and Writing Kashmiri; b) to acquaint with
the Standardised Devanagari-Kashmiri Script and c) to improve the
Content and Conduct of Kashmiri Language Section of the 4th Kashmiri Quiz
Contest. This workshop, besides emphasising upon the use of Devanagari
script for Kashmiri, also dealt with the use of Roman script for readng
and writing Kashmiri. It has always been felt that some people, though
interested in the Kashmiri language, are not familiar with the Devnagri
script. For them, Roman is an alternative and it was amply proved in the
Kashmiri Quiz Contest:
Quiz Contest will be held on 19th October 2003 at Kashyap Bhawan. The
Contest is open to children as well as elders. Timing is 11.00 am to 5.00
pm. Refreshment and working
lunch will be served to the participants.
to a press release, the Kashmiri Visthapit Seva Samiti, Bangalore
organised Janamashtami celebrations in the city on 19th August 2003 with
full traditional gaiety. The programme started with Aarti, followed by
Bhagvat Geeta pravachan and Bhajan Kirtan and concluded with a Maha
Mangala Aarti at midnight. The programme was attended by a large number of
KP families and Kashmiri and north Indian students.
for immediate financial aid:
here, is an appeal from Vikesh Kaul of Dehradun, requestiong financial
help on humanitarian grounds. The appeal has appeared in the July issue of
'Harmukh', the official organ of Kashmiri Sabha, Dehradun:
'I, Vikesh Kaul, S/o Late Sh. S.N.Kaul, R/o Narparistan,
Srinagar, was caught in a cross fire and nearly died during an encounter
between army and militants. I had to abandon the Valley with my mother and
sister to Dehradun on 20th December 1992. During the course of my
treatment at Dehradun, I received a severe stroke of parapligia, which
has left my lower part of the body beyond control. In consequence to the
above, I am now confined to a wheel chair for the last nine years with 60
% disability. We are presently putting up in a hired yet meagre
accomodation at 22, Sumanpuri, Adhoiwala, Dehradun (Tel: 2789926). I am
completely dependent on my mother and sister for all the bodily functions
which remain beyond my control. I am barely striving for survival on the
very meagre resources which have already exhausted. We are on the verge of
starvation. I request through our 'Harmukh' that district administration,
NGOs, societies and individuals to come forward and help me out of this
Pandit Sabha, Amritsar has appealed to KP Biradari for donations for the
reconstruction of Shivala. Donations may be sent to Shivala & Trust
Kashmiri Panditan, Chowk Farid, Amritsar.
Foundation and its off-shoot Kashyap Cooperative Housing Society had both
its General Body Meetings held on 21st September 2003 at Verova, Mumbai.
The Cooperative Society has enlisted about 120 members while more than 55
have paid the first instalment towards acquisition of land. The Society is
vigorously following its goal of having a cooperative housing society for
Kashmiri Pandits in Mumbai.
Jagar Nath Saproo - Artiste remembered:
16th August 2003, ISKCON had organised a music concert by the celebrated
vocal maestro Pt. Jasraj at Nehru Centre. The concert was dedicated to the
memory of Shri Jagar Nath Saproo - Artiste, father of Shri Surdasji, the
Vice President of ISKCON, Mumbai.
new Hits of Girija Pandit:
Pandit has issued another set of four cassettes of music titled .
Though the writer, composer and singer of divine tune has some songs in
this collection which could be not necessarily devotional, it is many a
times difficult to draw a line between secular and the sacred. This
collection shows a maturity of higher order from Girija. The tunes are
more Kashmiri and the music quality is high.
In this collection, she has also sung some numbers from her revered
father Shri Janki Nath Kaul. He is a pious soul, involved in the search
for the Ultimate, and is very well respected for that. For us, his songs
speak the truth (for audio clips, go to http://koshur.org/music/GirijaPandit/index.html)