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June-July 2003 issue

The Natural Ice-Lingam of Shri Amarnathji

The Natural Ice-Lingam of Shri Amarnathji
(Photo from ‘Kashmir’ by Francis Brunel)  

Table of Contents

Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri




Susheela Dhar Educational Awards:

Encouraged by the enthusiastic response last year from the students and the staff of the Camp Schools at Muthi and Nagrota, and our resolve to reach out to a wider section of our community children living in the camps, the Trustees of Susheela Dhar Charitable Trust have decided to extend the subject Awards Scheme to the schools at Mishriwala and Purkhoo for the academic year 2002-2003. This will cover all the existing four camp schools located in the Jammu region.

Thus, against eight students last year, there will be sixteen beneficiary students this year, four from each school. They will be the ones who have passed the 11th, 10th, 9th and 8th standard examinations securing Ist rank in their classes in the respective schools. The Trust has just written to the Principals of the four schools, inviting their recommendations for the Awards. Following last year's precedent, the Awards are proposed to be distributed at simple functions held on the respective school premises around mid Oct. 2003.

We look forward to continued encouragement and inspiration from the KPA.


Smt. Susheela Dhar Charitable Trust, Bandra


Condolence messages on the sad demise of Shri Virendra Razdan & Smt. Gauri Kaul:

We were deeply depressed at the sad news. May God grant peace to the departed souls and give fortitude to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss.


President - AIKS, New Delhi

Shocked to learn about the tragic demise of Shri Virendar Razdan. It is a great loss to the community, to the world of Indian T.V.Serials and above all to the family. In his death a promising bud has got nipped at the prime age, causing a catastrophic loss to his family, friends and the Kashmiri community. He suffered a lot during last some months and whatever was possible for his family and friends to bring him round was done but it did not work the miracles to save his life. During my short residence in Bombay in 1989-90, I had a chance meeting with him and I still remember his vibrant, charismatic personality, pleasant conversation mode and charming features. Very sad and unfortunate that younger members of Biradari with hallmarks of excellence are snatched from amongst ourselves leaving us poorer in every respect.This is an immense and irrepairable loss to his family, friends and community. We are helpless with tears in our eyes. Whatever was destined has happened despite all efforts to save his precious life.

We pray to God that his soul rests in peace and for the strength and courage to the family to bear this loss. My personal sympathies and condolences and those of Kolkata Biradari to his family.

Dr. Brij Krishen Moza, Kolkata

I am writing this from Osaka University where I am presently on a sabbatical. I am deeply shocked by the untimely demise of Shri Virender Razdan. I did not know him personally but his brilliant portrayal of Vidhur in Mahabharat captured the hearts of millions of Indians. In his passing away, we have lost a truly gifted artist. May his soul rest in peace.

Dr. S.K. Dhar, Colaba

'Khirbhawani.Com' deeply mourns the death of Mr.Virender Razdan who played Vidhur in Mahabharta serial. It is a great loss for the community as we have lost one great person who has contributed a lot to the Indain television. May God give peace to the departed soul and give courage to the breaved family.

Sanjay Kaul, Khirbhawani Team

Please convey my and my family's condolences to the bereaved family of Sh. Virendar Razdan on his untimely demise and to the family of Smt. Gauri Kaul on her sad demise May their souls rest in Heaven.

Mrs. and Mr. A.K.Razdan

Sqd Ldr B.L.Sadhu, President and all members of Kashmir Sahayak Sabha, Chandigarh deeply mourn the sad & untimely demise of Sh Virender Razdan. We pray Almighty to lay the departed soul in peace and give the bereaved family strength and courage to bear the ireparable loss.

Sanjay Tiku

Kashmir Sahyak Sabha, Chandigarh

May Almighty provide Divine attendance upon the departed souls and grant fortitude to the bereaved families.

S.P. Kachru, Versova

Sorry to learn about the sad demises, one after the other. It in indeed, sad to see young persons like Virenderji, become victim of a deadly ailment. Helpless as we are, we can do nothing but pray for the peace to the departed soul. A word of comfort may be passed on to the family members. Also sad to learn about the demise of Motijis revered mother, after a brief illness. I am sure she must have passed on peacefully, leaving behind illustrous son, like Motiji and equally good grand children. A word of heartfelt condolences my be passed on to Motiji and Rita.

Dr. N.L.Zutshi, USA

Our heartfelt condolences on the expiry of Shri Moti Kaul's mother. We are deeply saddened and pray to God for giving courage and strength to the family to bear her loss.

Jeevan Zutshi

Fremont, CA 94539

I am extremely sad to hear about the unfortunate demise of Shri Moti Kaul's respected mother. My recollection is that she was an extremely gentle woman with unbounded patience and love. Please convey my condolences to the entire family.

Vijay Sazawal

Washington, DC

Our heart felt condolences to the greveing families.

M.K.Kachroo, Chembur

Regret to note the sad demise of Razdan Saheb and Mrs. Kaul recently in Mumbai. We join you in sending our heartfelt condolence to the two bereaved families.

Vijaylaxmi & Tejkishen Wali

It is a sad news, but what we can do to avert it. We have to bear it. Mother Amba will guide all of us, to bear the shock. May Shiva bestow peace to the departed souls.


The untimely death of Virendra Razdanji is a huge loss to the Kashmiri biradari. Not only was he a brilliant actor but also a brilliantly humane person. May God give his noble soul everlasting peace and give his family the strenght to bear this irreparable loss.

Rakesh Kapoor, Andheri

Mr Virendra Razdan's sudden death is shocking. May God bless his all dear ones and his soul rest in peace.

Roop Krishen Bhat, Patiala

Our sincere condolences at the sad demise of Smt. Gauri Kaul. May God grant her eternal Peace in Heaven. With profound grief and sadness, we also learnt about the sad and untimely demise of Shri Virendraji (to us Vidhur). Our sincere and heartfelt sympathies for the bereaved family. May his Soul attain eternal Peace in Heaven and may God grant his family and near and dear ones Courage and Compassion to bear this great loss.

Anjali & Avtar Misri, Vancour

I and my family offer our deepest condolences for the sad demise of Shri Virendra Razdan and Smt.Gauri Kaul. May their souls rest in peace and give courage to all the community members especially their near and dear ones to bear such a loss.

Subodh Raina, Nerul

Grieved to know about the sad demise of Shri Virendra Razdan and Smt. Gauri Kaul. May the departed Souls rest in Peace and Almighty grant the courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss.

Rajen & Renu Kaul, Versova

Heart felt condolences to the bereaved families. May the departeds' soul rest in peace.

Brij Mohan Munshi, Chembur

Big loss to the Kashmiri society - May God grant peace to the departed souls.

R K Jalali, Vashi

We pray to God to give strength to the bereaved families to overcome the grief.

Mohan Motto

Shraddhanjali to Shri Onkar Aima: The passing away of Shri Onkar Aima, a personality, has created a big vacuum among the Kashmiri Pandit biradari of Mumbai in particular and to his friends, well wishers and artistic colleagues in general. It is extremely unfortunate that his association with Kashmiri Pandits' Association, Mumbai for more than decades and latest with Lalla-Ded Educational and Welfare Trust, including his prime activities in the film world with excellent artistic ability highlighting Kashmiri legend and folklore in row with rich and artistic clan of his brother Late Shri Mohan Lal Aima sought to be transmitted to the younger generation while in ongoing cultural activities/festivities organised and planned annually and on many other occasions by KPA, which I am personally witness to while while in Mumbai, stands missing. His drive and initiative of the introduction of Mohan Lal Aima Music Awards, as one of the important activity of KPA for encouraging our young Kashmiri artistic talents, is visionary which needs further to be sprouted out. My heartfelt condolence to Smt. Shakuntala Aima, as active educationist of her times, an affectionate and strong social activist of the biradari at Mumbai, and to her sons.

C.L.Sadhu, New Delhi

(Shri Sadhu's letter of condolence and a write-up for Milchar, said to have been sent by post long back, does not seem to have been received at Kashyap Bhawan. In order to avoid such a situation in future, Shri Sadhu is requested to send his write-ups thru e-mail. -Editor)


Project Zaan:

I Sincerely and entirely agree with the views of the President KPA (Between Ourselves - Milchar, March-May 2003 issue) about Shri M.K.Raina's contribution to various activities of the Association, Lalla-Ded Trust, Zaan Project and Milchar etc. I have no hesitation in reiterating that but for his efforts with vision and involvement at different stages of its execution, the 'Project Zaan' should have long been forgotten as a visionary dream....

J.N.Kachroo, Kandivli.

[M.K.Raina notes: 'Zaan', a project for disseminating information about our motherland to our youngsters, was basically conceived by Shri Kachroo Sahib. He is a founder member of the Zaan Committee, and it is entirely due to his inspiration and constant guidance, that I have been able to contribute my bit to the Project as its Convener. I owe much to him in this regard.]

Thank you very much for your e-mail (regarding 4th Kashmiri Quiz Contest). We are circulating it to our Kashmir Pandit members. We are having Bhagwan Gopi Nathji's birth anniversary at Nuneaton Manor Park School on 12 July 2003, (where) we shall exhibit Project ‘Zaan’.

Dr. S.N.Ganju

Founder Member & Project Co-ordinator

Kashmir Bhawan Centre

Thank you for the Project Zaan Quiz Contest papers. We shall circulate these to all our affiliates and give due publicity in our newletters, both in AIKS and KECSS. I must compliment you for this pioneering effort, which will really benefit the community. We are all with you.


President AIKS, New Delhi

I wish to draw you attention to the report about Annual Cultural Programme (Milchar Jan-March 2003) held at Rang Sharda, Bandra, which I persoally watched. The report completely eclipsed the names of Shri Chand Dhar (Anchor of the Programme), Shri Bharat Pandit (Commentrator for Praagash) and the innovative recital of Ladishah by Shri Raina.

Rakesh Dhar, New Delhi

[The lapse is highly regretted. We also missed to mention about our budding star Rahul Bhat, who took time, not only to be present on the occasion, but also mixed with our young artistes and addressed the audience with a promise to be among the performers next year. We thank him also and apologise for the lapse. -Editor]


Editor-in-Chief: P. N. Wali. Published by C.L.Raina for Kashmiri Pandits’ Association (Regd),

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