Int’l convention on Kashmir Shaiva Drishti begins -
Int’l convention on Kashmir Shaiva Drishti begins
Posted 30 Dec 2017 04:40 PM

Prof. Navjeevan Rastogi, doyen of Kashmir Shaiva inaugurated the two-day International Convention titled ‘Kashmir Shaiva Drishti- Connecting Genext here at Abhinav Theatre Jammu.
The convention is a project of Prakash and is being organized by Samooh Theatre and it seeks to proclaim the civilizational and strategic import of the Shaiva Sidhanta and its vision.
On this occasion, the prestigious Sharda Samman was bestowed upon Prof Navjeevan Rastogi, a great scholar and expert of international acclaim, Prof Mohan Krishan Teng, a political thinker and a constitutional expert on Jammu and Kashmir), Dr. Shashishekhar Toshkhani (Poet, linguist, anthropologist, and Indologist) and Rajinder Tickoo, an internationally acclaimed sculptor.
On the occasion, Santoor Maestro, Pt. Bhajan Sopori enthralled the audience through an adept and masterly rendition of Raga Lalleshwari, which is the creation of Sopori, himself. He was assisted by great Sufiana musicians from Kashmir, G.N Bulbul and Gulzar Ghanai, along with a score of accompanists on Rabab, Sarangi, Nott and other instruments.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Navjeevan Rastogi who spoke of the greatest contributions of Kashmir to the growth and evolution of Indian civilisation in the fields of philosophy, literature, linguistics, grammar, poetry, prosody, aesthetics, music, logic, history, Budhism, Shaivism, Vaishanavism and an entire streak of Bhakti.
The day was marked by gaiety and celebrations, and the proceedings started with the lighting of the lamp, Shaiva Stuti and Bhajans by Iqbal Kaul.
Dr Agnishekhar, Convener of Panun Kashmir, exhorted the youth and the teenagers to understand the intrinsic strengths of the Shaiva Sidhant and how it permeates the entire Himalayan ecology. He said that this was a strategic and civilisational imperative to restore peace and defeat the obscurantist and radical fundamentalist forces.
President of Samooh Theatre was also present.
Shailendra Aima, Coordinator of the Programme declared open the convention and handed over the stage to Dr Dileep Kumar Kaul for anchoring the proceedings.
During the convention, Abdul Ahed Dar, the Caretaker of the Abhinav Cave at Beerwah and Anisha Safaya, Mrs India International were also felicitated.
Those who spoke on the subject on the first day included Prof. Varun Tripathi, HoD Philosophy, SMVD University and Prof. M.L Pandit, a world known authority on Shaivism.
Samooh Theatre artists including Dr Sudhir Mahajan presented very well choreoographed presentations on original Sanskrit texts from Bhairava Stotra of Acharya Abhinavgupta.
Kuldeep Saproo and Akash Dogra’s Bellet performances on Shaiva Stotras were very well received and applauded by the audience.
Tomorrow would mark the grand finale of the event when artistic and intellectual presentations and performances of a grand nature would unfold and bring out the Pan-Indic and universal aggregates of the Shaiva Compendium.

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