Udhampur, Jan 08: As part of enhancing literary treasure and activities in the district, the 'Meri Mitra Mandali: Ek Sahityik Kranti' on Sunday released 'Tara Dohavali' – a book of Dohas penned by Prof Taranath, here at a function held in Government Degree College Udhampur.
The book release ceremony was performed by epic poet Prakash Premi Ji in presence of the poet Prof Taranath, his family members, members of Meri Mitra Mandali and a galaxy of literateurs and book lovers.
The welcome speech was delivered by Mandali Pradhan Surjit Hosh Badsali, while the critical article on the released book was read by the renowned young poet and writer Babu Bhatti.
While talking about the achievements of the Mandali so far, its president Surjit Hosh Badsali said, “Mandali was committed to inculcating literary consciousness among the masses. Apart from working against many unwanted disorders in poetry, Mandali is also working on prose genres. In the context of mother languages, we should respect everyone's mother tongue and wish that literary works continue to happen and usher in all mother languages.”
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest, the epic-poet of Dogri, Prakash Premi Ji said, “Tara Dohavali, the second book of Prof Tara Nath after the 1st book on Dogri Ballads ‘Sur-Lehri’, is a commendable effort which should be appreciated. Literature lovers should read the couplets (Dohas) compiled in this book. The ushering of Mandali in Udhampur is a major literary event of the twenty-first century. The work that the Mandali has done and is doing in the field of literature, its impact has been and would be seen by generations to come.”
Subhash Dogra, a member of Prof Tara Nath's family, kept his views on the book released and appreciated the work of the Mandali. Babu Bhatti read the critical paper on Tara Dahavali and in a scholarly manner talked in length and breadth about the book, which did the work of connecting the audience with the book completely.
The main attraction of the programme was the singing of the Dohas from the Dohavali of Prof Tara Nath Ji, by Mohinder Pancharvi. The stage coordination was done by Ajay Anant. Apart from the members of the Mandali, many litterateurs and literature lovers, young aspirants and would-be writers were present in this programme.
In the end, Neeraj Sharma, Upadhyaksh of the Mandali, expressed his gratitude to the audience and all those present. He apprised all that with this kind of support and cooperation, they all increased the enthusiasm for the Mandali. “Maintain this kind of cooperation so that this Mahayagya of literature continues like this,” he said.
The Mandali also acknowledged and thanked the Principal of the College, Dr Romesh Kumar Gupta for his wholehearted support to the literary works of the Mandali.