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JU in collaboration with KVMT Organised Solicitation Cum Seminar on Kunwar Viyogi

JAMMU: A confluence of academic, literary and cultural events, enthralled the audience and honored the achievers during Cheten Di Lari event, organised by Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust in collaboration with Department of Dogri, University of Jammu today in the Seminar Hall of Computer Science Department, University of Jammu in which galaxy of writers, intellectuals, associates & relatives of Sahitya Akademi Award winning Dogri writer Kunwar Viyogi, students, scholars, teachers & officers of Jammu University and prominent citizens were present.

An annual feature of the Trust - Cheten Di Lari, today in its fourth year honored toppers of MA in Dogri and English with three respective scholarships and also introduced Kunwar Viyogi Young Writers Award for university students who have published their writings while pursuing degree in the academic institution. The award has been introduced in the Department of Dogri and English respectively.

While speaking on the occasion, Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu Chief Guest on the occasion congratulated the Trust as well as the Dogri Department for holding this Seminar in Jammu University.

He said that it is a welcome step towards the development and promotion of Dogri language and literature 'language can survive and progress only if it is used in all walks of life like day-to-day conversation, education, business, media etc. Special efforts are required to popularize Dogri among children and younger generation,' said the Vice-Chancellor.

He further said that Jammu University has the honour of being one and the only University in India, which offers Post Graduate Programme in Dogri and if this language could not be promoted here than it cannot be flourish anywhere in the country. Therefore, efforts should be made to organize such programmes for the development of Dogri language. He assured his full cooperation in organizing such events in future also. He also congratulated the students for winning scholarship awards.

Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu also awarded scholarships to Pallavi Sharma and Atul Sharma, respectively for topping in MA Dogri.

He also awarded scholarship to Marvi Salathia who topped in MA English. Apart from that, Dhar also awarded Kunwar Viyogi Young Writers Award to Sunil Mehra for his collection of short stories in Dogri 'Sees' and to Pankhuri Agarwal for her collection 101 poems in English titled "The Petals of Reminiscence: A Step Back in Time."

The Trust Chairman Goverdhan Singh Jamwal while speaking on the occasion paid rich tributes to Late Sh. Chatterpal and highlighted many distinctive qualities of Chatterpal's personality as a leading and an inspiring figure and his close association with the Trust. A two minutes silence was observed and it was prayed to All Mighty God to give peace to the departed soul.

Earlier while welcoming the chief guests, audience and participants of the Seminar, Prof. Sushma Sharma, HOD Dogri highlighted the importance and relevance of the programme. She thanked Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust for instituting Scholarships for the students of the department. She also congratulated the students who bagged the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Awards.

Noted Dogri writer Raaz Manawari and Surjeet Hosh individually read papers on the works of Sahitya Akademi awardee Kunwar Viyogi. Both the writers chose Kunwar Viyog's Sonnets as their subject and said that the celebrated writer's sonnets are aesthetically composed, lucid, simple and somber.

Manawari said that Viyogi's pen captured complexities of societal norms, passion for freedom and self-determination, zest for life, deep compassion for women with such ease and grace that it reflected in his distinctive style of narrative which was free from pretension and replete with simplicity.

A magnanimous stream that attempted to introduce new and uninhibited form of literature, Viyogi's book on Sonnets "Pehliyaan Banga" is a historical achievement in Dogri and was also the poet's attempt to rid the language of its claustrophobic garb.

"Geet Bajogi De" - a musical concert was also organised during the event that saw renowned Dogri singer Sonali Dogra coon noted writer Kunwar Viyogi's songs. The songs were composed by noted Dogri composer Brij Mohan and also sung by young singers Vanshika Jaral and Antriksh Taroch.

Sonali, who has often sung Kunwar Viyogi's songs, said that the purity of melody and the simplicity of Kunwar Viyogi's lyrics have moved her immensely. She said that its been four years since she has been singing the celebrated poet's songs and each time its a challenge to do justice to the Dogri poet's writings.

The Trust Chairman Goverdhan Singh Jamwal presented vote of thanks whereas the proceedings of the programme were conducted by Saras Bharti.

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