Jashan-e-Gulzar culminates at JU
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Urdu language has played a vital role in the freedom struggle of India. It is a language of composite culture of India, which is born in India and grown up in India. Today Urdu has its home as it is the language of a whole country called Pakistan. To relate Urdu to a particular religion is not true as it has produced towering writers of other religions like Rajinder Singh Bedi, Pandit Rattan Nath Sarshar, Munshi Prem Chand and others. This was stated by the eminent poet and writer, Gulzar while addressing valedictory function of Jashan-e-Gulzar organised by the Department of Urdu, University of Jammu in collaboration with the Dean Student Welfare. On the occasion, Farooq Khan, Administrator Lakshadueep, was the Chief Guest who described Gulzar a living legend. He said that he is lucky enough that he is sharing dais with the legendary poet, who has expressed pain and tragedy of partition through his poetry as well as prose. Gulzar, according to Farooq Khan is a household name of every Indian, who has written some marvelous Urdu Nazms, which everyone remembers. Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, while speaking on the occasion, thanked the legendary poet for accepting the invitation as his presence has mesmerized everyone and his benign presence has given different meaning to the Golden Jubilee celebrations of University of Jammu. Dr Taqi Abedi informed that he had witnessed various Urdu functions across the world, but Jashan-e-Gulzar was unique in the sense that it was organised keeping in view all aspects of personality and works of Gulzar. Gulzar said that he would never forget the love which he got from the people of Jammu. He described Jammu a place where people belonging to different religions are living with communal harmony and brotherhood. Gulzar dedicated the last day of the Jashan to HoD Urdu, Prof Shohab Inayat Malik. Dr Meenakshi Kilam, Registrar of University of Jammu presented formal vote of thanks. Earlier, Gulzar on 3rd day of Jashn-e-Gulzar released a number of books of budding writers of Jammu region. The writers, whose books were released by Gulzar, included Dr A R Manhas, Fozai Naseem Mugal, Samia Coudhary, Piarey Hatash, Dr Ayoub. Gulzar lauded the efforts of budding writers for writing the book and hoped that they would continue to popularise Urdu language through their writings.
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