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JAMMU: Recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2015 for his contribution to Indian theatre as director, Mushtaq Kak’s nationally and internationally acclaimed and appreciated Sufi Musical presentation ‘Ishq Malangi’ will be featured in majestic burlesque - Theatre Olympics – 2018 which is going to be held in next year 2018. Theatre Olympics takes place after every four years since the year 1993. Theatre Olympics was established in Delphi, Greece in 1993 and since that year, Theatre Olympics has been held in Greece, South Korea, China, Poland, Japan, Russia and Turkey. The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics-2018 will be taken place in 15 cities of India. Over 50 international participants will be the part of Theatre Olympics-2018.


The staging of ‘Ishq Malangi’ in Theatre Olympics is being considered as grand triumph of States’ art and culture. The production is the dramatization of short story by Khalid Husain and Pritam Katoch’s stage version unfolds in a straightforward manner, establishing direct rapport with the audience. It is a play about self-abnegation of lovers for the quest of fulfillment of true love that transcends physical love between man and woman. Is such love possible to attain in the world afflicted with malice and vulgar materialism? The production seeks to answer this most intriguing question. Director conveys this noble feeling using the device of Sufi music that touches the innermost recess of the soul. In a way, music is the soul of this production. Though, the play deals with two different short stories, both deal with the theme of true love which enables the narrative to shed light on multiple shades of love in different spaces and times.

The play "Ishq Malangi" portrays the tale of true and unconditional love during the era of 1940s when Jammu City was a small town with a red light area called as Urdu Bazar having few houses which were known as Kothas and frequented by the affluent sections of society for their entertainment through music and dance. Ifra Kak and Surinder Manhas’s music gives the soul to the theme of play.

Mushtaq Kak who has directed more than 100 plays in Dogri, Hindi, English and even in Sanskrit at various parts of the country and abroad has attended Global Culture Summit 2017 at Abu Dhabi earlier this year in April 2017, a high-level international summit hosted by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and presented in conjunction with publishers of Foreign Policy Magazine The FP Group, Washington and TCP Ventures, New York which was attended by world’s top creative minds from over 80 countries.


The play “Ishq Malangi” has been featured at numerous National and International Theatre Festivals and has won accolades all over. Mushtaq Kak’s work as a stage director is marked by precision in design and his plays unfold in a realistic style, avoiding superfluous elements to concentrate on the sense of the scene. In this process, he creates a production which is unpretentious and neat.

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SRINAGAR: As Dangal actress Zaira Wasim took to Instagram to recount her ordeal wherein she alleged molestion inside a Mumbai-bound Air Vistara flight by a middle aged male passenger in a business class has erupted a new controversy.  The video went viral thanks to national news channels and newspapers who described the video of Zaira as shameful. Bollywood stars left no stone unturned to condemn the alleged act and want immediate action against the culprit. 


But the question raised by one of the Delhi based Guinness Record Holder Madhu Agrawal that "It is unbelievable that a matured girl traveling with her mother in business-class of the airplane could not find any opportunity to shout in the two-hours long journey to complain about alleged molestation." 

Iqbal Khan, a famous Bollywood actor while taking to Kashmir news Bureau state - "Firstly I would like to say that I don't know what is right and wrong but the reaction of some Kashmiri against Zaira Waseem was really unfortunate and unjustified, as how they were commenting and abusing this the alleged victim on social media.

He added "She is from your state Kashmir, please adopt her and treat her as own." Dangal actress posted two videos, In the first video, Zaira said, "So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it...., 


"The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck," she added. Another Bollywood actor Santosh Shukla while taking to Kashmir news bureau said, "Zaira is good girl and if this really happen she should slap and shout on him on that very time rather than by posting video on Instagram and crying is not a good message for those girls who are facing these kinds of molestation on daily basis."


The wave of this incident also shocked the politicians of Jammu and Kashmir state, Chief minister Mehbooba while described it as shameful act and ordered an immediate action. "On the same day a 30-years old woman was killed in Handwara encounter in a cross firing but the action was not taken only because she was not Zaira Waseem, this is not justice," said a Facebook user. However, National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to the Maharashtra DGP and the ethics officer of Vistara Airlines over the allegation of Dangal actress Zaira Wasim.

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JAMMU: Impressing upon the tribal  Gujjars and Bakerwal Community to work jointly to  preserve their  oldest   heritage and the ‘words treasure’  of Gojri language by documenting its folk  and modern literature –the experts- of  2 day state level Gojri Literary and Cultural Meet called upon government agencies for speedy development of Gojri-the  third largest spoken language of Jammu and Kashmir.

They were speaking on the concluding day of   Meet Organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages held here at K L saigal Hall of Academy  . More than 150  writers, poets , intellectuals, critics and artists from all over the State participated.

Dr. Javaid Rahi , Chief Editor of State Academy said that the outcome of this 2-day literary and cultural  meet was quite encouraging. He said suggestions received from Gojri writers regarding promotion of Gojri Language  will be implemented in letter and spirit. He said  that those suggestions which pertains to other departments will  be    forwarded  to relevant quarters  immediately after conclusion of pogramme for implementations. He assured that Academy will provide all help to Gojri writers for publication of their books in shape of subsidy and other assistance.

Sh. Munshi Khan Choudhary vetren writer of Gojri in his presidential address   impressed upon the Gojri writers, poets and intellectuals  to play a  strong role in reformation of Tribal society of Gujjar adding that this is a high time to promote their writing through latest means across  globe.

The Paper reading session was presided by prominent Gojri Writer Ch. Amin Qammar  . Ch Ghulam Rasool Asghar, Dr. Jahanger Asghar , and Hassan Parwaz  read out the paper and highligheted the achievements of Gojri language. The Paper Session was followed by Short Story reading session which was presided over by versatile writer Ch Hameed Kassana. 

A state level Gojri Mushaira was held on the occasion. Babu Noor Mohammad Noor, Lal Hussain Gohar, Khadam Kohli, Tariq Faheem, Yaseen Naz , Noor Mohd Majorh, M Hussain Naseem, Sarwar Chohuan, Khakan Sajjad, Jan Mohammad Hakeem and others read out their poems. 

A Musical programme was the main attraction of the event. Those who performed and mesmerized the audience includes Ch Bashir Mastana  Parveena  Jan and Party, Farha Choudhary, Aneesa Kareem , Shibana Choudhary, Bashrat Nazuk and Noor un Nisa and  Rubia Choudhary and party participated. Dr.Shah Nawaz Editor cum Cultural Officer Gojri conducted the programme while Mehmood Riaz presented vote of thanks.