Literature and culture
Posted on Oct 12, 2021 | Author Rising Kashmir
The power of literature to change is undeniable. It has the power to move humans not only emotionally but intellectually. Ideas propagated through a work of literature have changed and will change the course of any civilization and society in the world. It is said if a nation is to be understood then read its literature and study its art. Although for the last five century Kashmir has produced some of the greatest and distinguishable literati, thinkers, and writers, who through their works have preserved the essentiality of Kashmiri literature. One finds a new life and vigour in the verses of Abdul Ahad Azad and Mahjoor; similarly a worn out soul refreshes its mind once hearing the sensuous verses from Rasul Mir. To celebrate and honour them isn’t the moment of joy but pride. We have the civil society and literary and cultural organisations honouring those who work and have done some commendable work in the field of literature, language and art. However what has been a common feature with these organisations that they reduced it to mere seminars and functions only. Furthermore, majority of these organisations never made an attempt to introduce our literature, our poetry to national and international readers. Hardly there is any text which has been translated from English to Kashmiris or vive verse. Nevertheless the blame shouldn’t be put entirely on the shoulders of these cultural and literary organisations, our departments of languages and literatures at the University level have been equally responsible as these departments failed in contributing actively and help in translating the texts as has been the trend world over. What has been saddest part of these cultural and literary organisations is their uncanny nature of falling prey to political influences. Our efforts to interact with regional cultures have been next to zero; the result: less understanding, more suspicion. There is a need to hold regular cultural and literary feasts which besides honouring the writers also take into considerations the regional aspirations. Our departments of languages and literature have to come forward and play their role in introducing our literature to the international readers. Besides, there is a need to hold regular interactive literary sessions among different regions of the UT so that we can understand and comprehend each other. Holding functions is good, but there is need to introduce a literary activism among ourselves which can help us to rejuvenate and revive our literature and culture.