SRINAGAR: Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof Talat Ahmad on Wednesday said that literature has the capacity to incorporate within itself the entire universe of discourses, expressing human thoughts, adding “language is the individual and social passion of human beings, which keeps on changing with the development of human race”.
Talat was speaking at the inaugural of a two- day National Urdu Congress on: ‘Language, Literature & Society’ organised by Department of Urdu, University of Kashmir and sponsored by Jammu & Kashmir Bank was inaugurated at University of Kashmir here, an KU release read.
“Urdu is a language of glamour and grandeur; it holds literature so stately that the charm of expressing thoughts in Urdu is not matched in any other language,” he said, adding that the purpose of the two-day Congress is truly served by bringing the stakeholders of Urdu language together for dialogue and criticism involving participants from the interdisciplinary studies further leading to research and development in the field of literature, the release read.
According to organisers, the purpose of the congress is to bring the stakeholders of Urdu language together on a common platform for dialogue, general discussion, literary criticism and exchange of new information among the participants and “open a pathway towards further research and development”, it read.
The event which marks as the’ first Urdu Congress’ in Jammu & Kashmir witnessed the presence of some of the most prominent personalities in Urdu language including Prof Mohammad Zamaan Azurda, Prof Qazi Jamaal, Prof Irteza Karim, Prof Quddus Javaid, Prof Nazir Ahmad Malik, Farooq Ahmad Nazki and faculty members from Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, Vikram University (MP), Indore University (MP), Jammu University, Punjab University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Mumbai University, Central University of Kashmir, Cluster University, Srinagar.
In her welcome address, Head, Department of Urdu, Prof Arifa Bushra said that the relationship between Urdu language and society “is deeply rooted and interdependent in a way that language incorporates social values and literature, which is regarded as mirror of the society, unveils the details of human experiences thematically, constructing the societies itself”, adding that language which is the primary tool for communication, lays foundation for peace and order in society.
“Society however, controls the language and evidently societal changes have produced a transformation in Urdu language itself,” she added.
The inaugural function was followed by several technical sessions held simultaneously at EMMRC Auditorium and Seminar Hall, Department of Urdu.