The new face

An Indian Kashmiri artist performs a stage show during an international film festival in Srinagar

© AFP Irshad Khan

It is an interesting development in Kashmir and this one news item has given me so much of relief than a 100 beers. I have always dreamt of a peaceful kashmir, a conflict free West Asia (the west calls it Middle east) and a resource rich happy Africa truly and colourfully wonderful. And when I read the news in a local newspaper it was a happy moment for me, that atleast my dream is inching nearer.

Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages is organising a film festival and the background being a film festival held a couple of years that was hugely successful. This time around the govt has planned and is looking for the films made on Kashmir by Kashmiris. The perspective of the kashmiris on Kashmiris. So in a setting that is heavenly and serene as crystal (ofcourse dotted by Terror incidents and bloodshed and exaggerated by both national n international media) even imagining a film festival is a spine chilling event where fatwas rule the peoples minds. There would be it seems 40 documentaries screened in Srinagar and of which8 would be by the kashmiris themselves and 11 of them from other states 6 from across the world others would be short films . Isn’t it wonderful?

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Prior to the insurgency, the Kashmir Valley alone had 18 cinema houses.

The Neelam is currently the only functioning cinema hall in Kashmir, but it shows films to just a handful of people at a time.

In 1990s a ban on entertainment was imposed by the militants

Since the late 1980s, when insurgency exploded in Kashmir, militant outfits such as the Allah Tigers have issued a series of morality-based diktats, ordering cinema owners to pull down their shutters. Dukhtaran-e-Millat (Daughters of the Faith), a women’s separatist organisation, has long rallied against perceived degeneracy in Jammu & Kashmir, and has many times marched through the streets of Srinagar, attempting to ensure that cinema halls were darkened. Similar bans have been imposed on liquor shops and street vendors selling fashion and film magazines.

SAWFNEWS.com

The two-day festival, the first in Kashmir, will screen a mix of 28 documentaries, short features and animated films at a highly-guarded convention complex on mountain-ringed Dal Lake.

Kashmirobserver.com

Radical Muslim militants banned cinemas in Kashmir in 1989 at the start of the armed uprising. While three cinemas, Broadway, Regal and Neelum opened with the financial support from government only Neelum remains in business. The cinema’s major chunk of visitors are security personnel who watch Bollywood masala movies under tight security.

“People in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam generally speak one language whereas here we have people speaking different languages viz Kashmiri, Dogri, Urdu, Hindi, English, Budhi, Balti, Dardi, Sheena, Punjabi, Pahari, Gojari, etc. our’s is the land of many religions and faiths. Even the food habits, dresses etc are diverse here. All this can be documented through films to showcase it for the outside world”, Chief Minister said.


Girls in the Jammu region dressed in traditional Kashmiri costume
© AFP/File Tauseef Mustafa (courtesy: news.sawf.org)

NEWKERALA.COM

28 international documentaries, short and animation films would be screened at the festival. Out of these, eight films would be from Jammu and Kashmir, 11 from other states and six from foreign countries.

the first part of the festival, being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Cultural and Languages in collaboration with the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry, had already been held in Jammu from June 13-14

HIMALMAG.COM

(http://www.himalmag.com/2007/july/kashmir_cinema.htm)


javed dar (HIMALMAG.COM)

Not only had most festival-goers never attended a similar event, many had never even been in a cinema hall. Shafia Wani, a college student, said that she was more excited about the ambience inside the hall than about watching the films themselves. “There is a need to revive cultural activities in the Valley,” she said. For most Kashmiris in Shafia’s generation, entertainment has been – and remains – limited to the confines of the family house.

As dusk sets in, doors and gates in the Kashmir Valley are quickly shut and padlocked, restrictions on night-time movement having long been routine. “The fear of the gun, of the combat-gear-wearing trooper, is always there,” says Mariah Majid, an undergraduate student from Hyderpora, in uptown Srinagar. “No one can gather courage to roam around freely after dusk sets in. Here, darkness brings more darkness. It throws us back into the Stone Age.” Mariah, who also attended the recent film festival, called the experience a “bonanza …We hardly get to see films on the big screen!”

DNAINDIA.COM

“Little Terrorist”, a 15-minute short film by Ashwini Kumar, was the first to be screened Wednesday at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Complex on Dal Lake.

The film is about a little boy from Pakistan who strays across the international border and finds himself in Rajasthan, India. While others view the boy with suspicion, a Hindu teacher adopts him.

And finally look at the effects of GLOBAL WARMING on the faith of millions of HINDUS in India and World over…..

Look at more rains that are making the lives of fisherman pathetic

6 thoughts on “The new face

  1. Munna Bhai

    “People in states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam generally speak one language whereas here we have people speaking different languages viz Kashmiri, Dogri, Urdu, Hindi, English, Budhi, Balti, Dardi, Sheena, Punjabi, Pahari, Gojari, etc. our’s is the land of many religions and faiths. Even the food habits, dresses etc are diverse here. All this can be documented through films to showcase it for the outside world”, Chief Minister said
    THIS IS A QUITE AN INFORMATION. I am great fan of your blog. I would request you to write issue based article as you are a journalist.

  2. RAVI

    Veeru Excellent Blog, WOw
    The divesity of INdian Subcontinent is unique,But You know what Veeru ,in the present political setup this Notion is fast loosing the Unanimity & the Homogenity among the Masses, The disparities are on the rise,with an influx of the Diversified objective & selfish attitude Political embellishments, The Congress, The Commnushts wow they Hurt even to name
    It is infact a discouraging Fact that The Common Man is falling prey to the like of the regionalism & the LInguistic patterns,
    Veeru as far a sKashmir is concerned ,I have been assocuated with the Valley since my childhood,& this armed Intrusion was only after the Punjab initiative of the Paki Govt & the ISI in the Name of Khalistan had failed, but the sentiments have always been exploited in the Kasmir by the pro paki elements since the 1950’s.
    They all have been provided with the subsidized food by theMOney of the Indian Majority’s Tax Money,but they have always betrayed the very spirit of the Nation, Even in the 80’s their favourites were Paki shitters More than The INDIAN CRICKETERS FOR EG. ONLY,
    Even when in early 1980’s when I was jus a teenager around 14 I remember having fallen in a quarrel with a local shop keeper when He celebrated Indian defeat in the hands of the Paki shitters in Sharjah.
    We give them Food n They give us bullets woooooh.
    The expression of The Kasmiri is the loss of their Identity to the fanaticism, The Innocence they had, is all burnt out by the secessionist designs of the Pakis..
    Ooooooooooooooops soory Veeru got carried away
    Right from the forcible conversions of the Hindus by Jehangir till date Kashmir has bled really bled

  3. Veeru వీరు

    PAWAn
    Yup dear wanna share …

    MUNNA BHAI
    Yup ofcourse even I was … Thanks munnabhai Bole to try Kartooo

    RAVI
    Never mind Ravi infact ur post has been a bit more interesting than my original writings… Love the comment. Bravo (for that fight with the shopkeeper). Its bleeding paining Ravi.

    GINGLee
    Yup thanks buddy

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