Youngsters initiate a move to revive reading tastes in Kashmir 

With an aim to revive the social utility of the public spaces of Kashmir, three youth of Srinagar Sunday held a reading session of poetry and prose at Winterfell café on the banks of Dal Lake here.

“Earlier, people use to narrate the poetry to other people outside their shops, but now that culture has been lost somewhere. We want to revive it,” said Taha Mughal, one of the organizer who works as writer and architect.     

The session was held in three languages and six writers were called to be the part of the session.

“The session was held in English, Urdu and Kashmiri. The writers who were called include Huzaifa Pandit, Nighat Sahiba, Rafia Wali, Masroor Muzaffar, Peerzada Sheikh Muzammil and Anir Suhail Wani,” Mughal said.

Held under the banner, Waruk- The Telltale Heart-(A Reading session of Prose and Poetry), the other two organizers include Peerzada Sheikh Muzammil (Graphic artist & writer) and Anis Wani (Artist & Photographer).

“The session focused on different themes that include Romantic lyrics, resistance literature, homosexuality, feminism, extensional crises and love,” he said. 

When asked that how this idea came to his mind, Mughal said: When I and another friend use to meet at Jehlum Bund Lal Chowk, we use to recite the poetry to each other. But one day we decided to make it to the people”

He said: “Anybody can join us who are interested in poetry or prose. There are no hindrances”   

“We are planning to hold the same session but that will be conducted outdoors,” Mughal added.

Meanwhile, people from different walks of the life participated in the session.  

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