& Biradari News
Vaarshik Hawan (Input
The long cherished date and day arrived at last and
the heart throbing wait was over. All roads led to, converged and closed at
Kairali Kala Mandal, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, with a sprawling lawn of 6400 sft. and
about 800 sft. of Pandal, the venue of Vaarshik Hawan this year. It was for the
first time that the event was performed in Navi Mumbai. Holy pooja was performed
by three couples namely Smt. & Shri S.Vaishnavi, Smt. & Shri Sanjeev
Munshi and Smt. & Shri C.L.Raina, under the agies of the Purohit, which
rented the air with its fragrance and sanctity continuously for 24 hours.
Thanks to Hawan Committee,
which under the convenership of Capt. Rakesh Shah, after having looked into
minute details and multifaceted aspects, had achieved total perfection in
arranging the event. Volunteers felt pleasure in attending to comforts of one
and all. Biradari members who came in sizable numbers, were all beaming with joy
and happiness. The aged as well as those from Navi Mumbai, who were unable to
participate in earlier Hawans at Andheri, were full of satisfaction and praise.
The gathering offered a unique chance for them to meet and greet one another.
President of the Association
Shri M.L.Mattoo tried his best to reach each and every participant to ensure
that they felt at home.
There could have been more
hue and colour to the occasion, had the premises been our own, as everybody left
the place very reluctantly.
Extra-ordinary General Meeting:
An Extra-ordinary General Meeting of the
Association was held at Kashyap Bhawan on 23rd March 2003. The sole agenda of
the Meeting was to approve purchase of 1000 SM of plot at Navi Mumbai through
CIDCO at concessional rates, for construction of a KPA Complex. A resolution to
this effect was unanimously passed.
Members also wanted the
entire project to be completed in 5 to 6 years time and suggested various
methods of Fund Raising for the purpose.
An Evening to Remember :
This year the Annual Cultural Function was held on
29th March at Rangsharda auditorium. The differences were many, but one most
prominent was that the date fell soon after the massacre of 24 Kashmiri Pandits
in Kashmir. The programme therefore started with homage to those killed and
sympathy for the grieved families. The programme was a balanced combination of
music, ballet, drama, and dance. Music composed and orchestered by our own
maestro Shri Kakaji Safaya was an experience in innovation, tradition, harmony
Melody was available in abundance
not only from Ms Veena Kaul and M/s Kusumlata Razdan Razdan, who had both come
from Pune but also from Ms Vijay Bhan and our young artist Miss Dollce Bhan and
young Ashish Safaya dully peppered by with voice from Kaka Ji himself. Such
beautiful and accomplished voices lent to well chosen Kashmiri lyrics were a
treat to the ear and the soul.
The ballet 'Praagaash' presented by
Ms Vijay Bhan with help of young kids ably supported by beautiful singing by her
and Dollcy was well received. Its spiritual undertones were not missed by the
thoughtful. The Kathak part of the ballet by Miss Shweta enhanced its impact.
The youth group this year again
presented a drama-skit 'Kabhi Tsok, Kabhi Modur', which every body was waiting
for. The theme why God forsake us in the dire straits of exodus was presented in
rib tickling humour and finally heart touching pathos.
Sanjeev Kaul, who conceived
and directed the play and his group, did an excellent job.
The dance 'Nav Reh' created
in modern idiom and present day style by Rohit Saproo was tribute to his
imagination and choreographic skills. The presentation of the theme of light and
darkness was done by the group almost to perfection.
Protest March at Churchgate:
KPA organized silent protest rally at Churchgate
Station at 5 p.m on 1st April, 2003 which happened to be 10th day of the
massacre of 24 Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir. The men and women of the community
carried placards and banners. It was well covered by the press and electronic
media. The large number of people who pass through this place at the rush hour
took due notice of the protest.
M.K. Kaw is AIKS President:
Pt. M.K.Kaw has been elected as the President of
All India Kashmiri Samaj. Kaw Saheb has recently retired from Indian
Administrative Servic as Secretary to the Department of Human Resources. Even
before retirement, he was connected with number of biradhari activities. KPA
sent its congratulations to Kaw Saheb on assuming the office.
Girija Pandit Releases
Panchastavi in Kashmiri:
Mrs. Girija Pandit has released through NICE Music
Industry, a cassette tape of Panchastavi in Kashmiri. The translation is
Kashmiri poetry is done by Shri Jia Lal Saraf, which is very popular in every
Kashmiri home. She has not only composed the music but has also lent her
sonorous voice to the song. The tune adopted to is akin to the popular brand in
Kashmir (which is also available in the version sung by Neena Sapru), but the
music interludes of a very high quality and blend well with the wording and
spirit of the song. The technical quality of recording is very high (compared
with earlier version available). The cassette costing only Rs. 35.00 will be
well received by Kashmiri community.
News from Delhi
Melodies of Kashmir
(Input: Dalip Langoo)
The things happened in similar
fashion like we used to have in Srinagar till 1989. The music we experienced on
17th and 18th at Kamani was a repeate of old Kashmiri music. Ustad Ali Mohmad
Sheikh and party, Bulbul and party and a few song numbers sung by Kailash Mehra,
Usha Kher, Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Kaiser Nizami, Muneer Ahmed Mir and Abdul Rashid
Pharash and some new faces from Srinagar were the main participants. The show
was organised by ICCR. Bhajan ji deserves all credit to hold such a great
musical extravaganza. He presented two scintillating orchestral presentations on
18th evening. The compositions were a mix of traditional and the modern. The
modern was just to establish the link between the combinations of various
traditional compositions. Kailash and Ghulam Nabi presented their famous numbers
and received tremendous appreciation. Though there was nothing innovative or new
in Kashmiri music that artistes presented except Bhajan ji's presentation, the
programme was, as a whole appreciated.
It is a point of concern that
all those artistes who left the valley due to mass migration, have repeated been
ignored, inspite of their representation from time to time in this behalf.
Bhumica D/o Smt. Vijay & Shri T.K.Bhan
of Shreyas Apts, Nerul, was married to Jidish S/o Smt & Shri Padmanabhan
Poorvardhan on 22nd January 2003 at Navi Mumbai. Sangeeta
D/o Smt. Mohini & Shri Mohan Lal Dhar of Rock Garden, Link Road, Dahisar was
married to Avinash Misar S/o Smt. & Shri Sharad Balwant Misar on 19th Feb
2003 at Mumbai. Sumit Kaul S/o Smt Rita
& Shri Moti Kaul of Kalash, Sundervan Complex, Oshiwara, was married to Ritu
D/o Smt. & Shri Amar Chowdhary at Delhi on 20th Feb. 2003.
Anjina and Kavir Fotedar (Son of
Shri R.N.Fotedar of Chembur) were blessed with a son at White Plains, New York
on Sunday, 5th January 2003.
Change of Tel.
Mattoo M.L., Utsav, 12th Road,
New Nos: 25210892, 25211198.
Namaskar. I read your word of
thanks in Milchar, Oct-Dec 2002. I am glad that you have an idea about the
requirement of some piece of land for the construction of a community
hall, some little or big temple with other facilities for the community.
I wish you take some
practical initiative in this regard. Only thinking cannot do, but think we must.
We must have the provision to purchase the land and surround it with brick wall.
To begin with we should think nothing more or nothing less than this.
We can develop this piece of
land as picnic spot by making it beautiful with plants and trees. Gradually, it
can be used in any manner we can afford. The above minimum step in the right
direction will also cost us lot of money.
I think after seeing the
Hawan donation list, there are good number of people in the community who can
afford to subscribe in a good way for the cause provided proper practical
approach is made to them.
For my part, though I may not
be able to give you any active help but I can assure you of my financial help in
my own humble way.
The task is heavy but I am
sure that the people like you who are on the helm of affairs can get it done.
There is nothing impossible.
Mohan Lal Bradoo
It has come to my ears that
some well meaning biradari members are taking initiative to acquire a suitable
piece of land for socio-cultural activities of KPA through CIDCO. I feel this
move needs to be fully explored, supported and facilitated, so that we can have
a piece of land of our own for the furtherance of 'Aims & Objectives' and
expension and growth of our cultural activities as enshrined in KPA
I send my prayers and best wishes
for the same.
Jawahir Lal Kasid
During the course of the
Hawan, I was given to understand that KPA is moving expeditiously in acquiring
some land to build a hall in Navi Mumbai area. I wish you all success in this
venture and I am sure that the hall to be built would take care of the needs of
the expanding Kashmiri population in and around Mumbai. I am sure that the
community would welcome this initiative and support it morally as well as
financially. Needless to mention, you can count on my support in fulfilling this
requirement of the community. In case I can be of any help, please let me know.
I understand that KPA Mumbai
has decided to go in for their own plot in Mumbai/Navi Mumbai. It is not only
heartening but also a matter of solace to all those biradari members, whose
dream would come true. Though we have a place of our own at Bhawani nagar, there
are some constraints. (Getting land from government organisation on subsidised
price) is a welcome opportunity and should be grabbed with open arms.
KPA should go ahead in
acquiring the plot as our Association is strong enough to garner the required
moral, financial and physical support which would be required for embarking on
this mammoth endeavour.