KLF to J&K’s mainstream literature
New Delhi: During the eighth edition of the Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) which recently concluded in Bhubaneswar, the festival hosted a group of poets and writers from Jammu and Kashmir who participated in sessions dedicated to the region.
The group included Ghulam Nabi Haleem, Muzzafar Ahmad Parray, Mysar Ahmad Hajam, Roshan Lal, Shalini Rana, Bhagwati Devi, Gurinder Singh (Swami Antar Nirav), Raj Kumar Sharma and Rajinder Kumar.
KLF Founder-Director Rashmi Ranjan Parida said they plan to put a special emphasis on literature in Jammu and Kashmir. In fact, the KLF Bhava Samvad has launched an online series on literature from this region.
He emphasized the importance of literary integration and engagement with literature from there with other Indian language literary traditions through translations and mutual interactions.
The coordinator of the initiative, Kamala Kanta Dash, highlighted the importance of Jammu and Kashmir literature as having a central place in the history and evolution of Indian literary traditions.
This week, Doordarshan Kendra of Kashmir (DD Kashmir) also held a special session with Ghulam Haleem to discuss the delegation’s experience of visiting Odisha and participating in KLF.