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Village Poets of Tilgam

Prominent author and poet, Ranjoor Tilgami believes that village has been named after famous Hindu king Tilak Raj, as it was the central point of all adjacent areas.

Post by on Sunday, August 29, 2021

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Tilgam village in Baramulla district is known as the ‘village of poets’ as it is home to dozens of well-known poets in Kashmir.
The village is situated in Pattan tehsil around 38 kilometers from Srinagar and 5 kilometers from Srinagar-Baramulla highway through Hydberbeigh.
As per historians, the village has its own significance which has been mentioned in noted history books of Kashmir including ‘Tareekh-e-Hassan’ however, the village was called as ‘Pargan’, which means it was a commercial hub for adjacent villages.
Prominent author and poet, Ranjoor Tilgami believes that village is named after famous Hindu king Tilak Raj, as it was the central point of all adjacent areas.
“During the past, old coins of kingdoms, utensils, sculptures, and water supply pipes made of clay were discovered in the village,” he said.
Ranjoor said Tilgam is also called a village of poets as it produced eminent poets in the past and its soil is still fertile as young poets are also taking lead in poetry and writing in the village.
“From the past 100 years, the village has been home to well-known poets Shahi-e-Ibrahim, Fatah Kral and many others who are still relevant for their work and contribution,” he said.
Ranjoor, who retired as a lecturer in the education department, started his writing poetry in the year 1966. Over the past several decades he has written several books including Kalaam Ranjoor, Noor-e-Irfan, Be-Dimini-Waqtas Thami Gasneh, and several others.
“Many books are under process this time,” he said, adding that Noor-e-Irfan is the first book of its kind in the Kashmiri language which aims at illuminating the dark and unnoticed corners of human existence.
Ranjoor said unfortunately Tilgam is the most neglected village today in terms of road connectivity and other basic facilities.
For youngsters, he said they should not forget their roots of culture and language. They should read and write about Kashmiri culture and literature, he said.
Poets are called the real asset of any society and they reflect, represent many aspects of the society.
Ali Mohammad Mir, a noted poet, and author from north Kashmir who is popularly known by his pen name Fayaz Tilgami has a tremendous contribution to the Kashmiri language and literature.
Talking to Rising Kashmir, Fayaz Tilgami said from his childhood, he was inclined towards reading and writing literature. He was associated with Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK), the oldest and the largest cultural and literary organisation of Jammu and Kashmir for more than 45 years.
He has written 8 prominent books while 3-4  books are under process, which will be published in the upcoming months.
“During that era, Akbar-e-Khidmat was delivered to our Panchayat Ghar, where I used to read write-ups of noted writers and poets from across Kashmir. Later I also developed an interest and started writing prevailing topics,” he said.
Fayaz said after completing 8th class examinations from his native village, he joined High School Kreeri (Present Higher Secondary). In school, he met Manzoor Hashmi, who was teaching an Urdu subject and he acted as his guide and mentor.
The 70-year poet said that time; he used to write articles and poems for Akbar-e-Khidmat and as the newspaper was especially publishing his write-ups for Sunday editions. It was his turning point and later people started appreciating it.
“Even I got a job in the education department through my poems that were published in Akbar-e-Khidmat and later in Srinagar Times. After that I got an appreciation letter from eminent personality Prof. Mohi-ud-Din Hajini, who had read my poem in the newspaper and was impressed,” he said. After some time, he pitched for my appointment in the education department.
Fayaz has written his first book ‘ Fatah Kral in year 1973, Ghaashi-Taruq in 1984, Lajawaab, Kulyaati Razaq Dar, Nishat Ansar Monologue, Prazan Vini Taruk, Kamraazik-Gumnam Shayeir, Han Han Talaash.
While due to financial stress from the past years, some books are yet to be published including Haraf Haraf Chu Naat Khaan, Second edition of Kariv Aalov Hussainus  and children's special Asi Chi Pagheek Pasbaan.
Apart from prose and poetry, Fayaz  is president of Bahar-I-Adab Tilgam and has also contributed to All India Radio Srinagar previously known as Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan. He has been honoured by several awards for his contribution to Kashmiri language. 
Noted poet was also honored with a fellowship from the Ministry of Culture in which he collected and worked on the poetry collection of 20 poets from north Kashmir.
Regarding Tilgam village, he said it is home to dozens of veteran and young poets.  From 19th century poet Shahi-Ibrahim, Fateh Kral, and till present generation poets and authors, the village is still fertile.
“Our village was Pragan in ancient times and was the centre of knowledge for adjacent villages. Over the centuries it has changed but there are still few popular places in the villages which remind us of its glorious past including Gamud, Kalwal and Malhar which are Sanskrit terms and have their roots with ancient rulers,” he said.
Another famous name from the Village, Abdul Majeed Mir, popularly known by his pen name ‘Shabum Tilgami’ and is currently working as General Secretary Adbee Markaz Kamraz (AMK), which is the oldest cultural and literary organisation of Jammu and Kashmir.
He is also an actor, drama artist, newscaster and poet at Radio Kashmir Srinagar and Doordarshan. “ I was studying in the second year of college when the drama was broadcasted from the radio under the mentorship of Nayeema Ahmad Majoor, '' he said.
Mir is currently working in the Department of Education and has written dozens of poems, fiction, dramas, and other prominent books. He has also worked on the poetry collection of Prof. Ghulam Mohiuddin Hajni, translated Gitanjali in Kashmiri language written by R.N Tagore and in future will be releasing his translation on R. K. Narayan., The Guide.
“I have not published any poetry book but I have been contributing to several regional and national magazines,” he said.
Mir also writes editorials for the yearly magazine of Bahar-e-Adab Tilgam and was president of the organization for the first 5 years till it got registration. He said apart from Tilgam, the organization has 40-50 members from adjacent areas of the Baramulla region.
Meanwhile, the village continues to provide a platform for aspiring poets and authors including Basharat Hafeez, Khalid Bashir Tilgami, Dr. Syed Mohammad Amin Tabish, Showkat Tilgami, Mir Faraz, Mir Musavir, and others.
Among the young generation poets, Showkat Tilgami said elders in the village have been an aspiration for the young poets in the villages. Their contribution towards culture and literature has inspired us, he said.
“I have completed one book and it was also approved by the Cultural Academy but it is not published yet. We will continue to work for our people to reflect our ideas through this age-old platform,” he said.

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