Dogri Sanstha Jammu organized a programme in which five books of veteran writer Dr. Nirmal Vinod were released. The books released include; Nirmal Hazara, As Te Aan Aam Lok; both original poetry works and Dehra Ch Ajj Bi Ugde N Sarhe Buhte, Vitasta Da Triya Kanda and Vah Bhi Din The; All three works of translation.
Padma Sri Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai, the eminent scholar of Dogri & Sanskrit was the chief guest in this function which was presided over by Prof. Lalit Magotra, President of Dogri Sanstha. Senior and well-known literary stalwarts who were special guests on this occasion include Dr. Ramesh Mehta, Darshan Darshi, Dr. Jitendra Udhampuri and Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn. besides a galaxy of writers and intellectuals attended the function.
Prof. Shashi Pathania, former head of Dogri Deptt, University of Jammu and renowned Dogri writer and critic Prakash Premi presented papers on the works of Dr, Nirmal Vinod. Both the papers were based on an in-depth study of the books by the learned paper readers, in which various outstanding features of the released books were highlighted and critically evaluated.
Dr. Nirmal Vinod, while thanking the dignitaries, paper readers and audience, readout some of his poems, which were highly appreciated by the audience.
Prof. Ghai, while speaking on the occasion appreciated the versatility and creative urge of Dr. Vinod who has produced many books, not only in Dogri but n Hindi and Punjabi also. She said that Dr. Vinod possesses equal command over all these languages, which combined with his creative genius had resulted into a plethora of books covering various genres of all these languages. She complimented him for his enormous contribution to literature and wished him well for his future ventures.
Prof. Lalit Magotra, in his presidential address said that Dr. Vinod is one of those rare creative persons, about whom it is very difficult to say as to which language they belong to. He said the excellence of Dr. Vinod’s works is equally obvious in Dogri, Hindi and Punjabi. Prof. Magotra said that the five books released today, four of which are in Dogri and one is Hindi translation of Dogri works, bear a testimony of the hard work that Dr. Vinod has put in and also his dedication and commitment to this language. He said the quality of Dr. Vinod’s works have enriched the Dogri literature and enhanced its stature.
Dr. Jitendra Udhampur, himself a prolific writer, having contributed to Dogri, Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi Literature, was full of appreciation for the quality and quantity of the works of Dr. Viond. He said, “ Dr. Vinod has always written with responsibility and of having relevance to the society and present times.”
Dr. Romesh Mehta, spoke in detail of the capability of Dr. Vinod as a translator and said that his works are a benchmark in the field of translation as he has captured the spirit and essence of the original works in his translations and the reader feels that he/she is reading the original work and not the translation.
Darshan Darshi, while speaking, focused on the Dogri poetry of Dr. Vinod and said that he has added to Dogri language many new expressions and shades of meanings through his unique usage. He made special mention of Dr. Vinod’s contribution of Dohas and Navgeets to Dogri literature.
Dr. Arvinder Amn spoke of his close and long association with Dr. Vinod and talked of his growth and evolution into a mature and established literateure over the period. He said ,Dr. Vinod’s works are the result of his keen sense of observation, his deep thinking, his extremely sensitive nature and his strong urge to innovate.
The programme was conducted and anchored by Prof. Veena Gupte, former Dean of Arts faculty, Jammu University and the Vice-President of Dogri Sanstha. She also thanked the audience at the conclusion of the programme and made scholarly comments while conducting the proceedings.