SRINAGAR, Aug 8: In a programme here on Wednesday organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) and Pahari Cultural Club Karnah, prolific Pahari singer, activist and artist, Alam Qureshi was remembered on his death anniversary.
A large number of people from different walks of life attended the programme.
A press release of the Academy stated that Qureshi enjoys the distinction of being the foremost Pahari activist credited with starting the movement for recognition of the community as a distinct ethnic identity.
The function was presided over by Academy Vice President, Zafar Iqbal Manhas.
Filmmaker Mushtaque Ali Ahmad Khan, Pahari Singer, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, JKAACL Chief Editors, Mohd. Ashraf Tak and Dr. Mirza Farooq Anwaar were also in the presidium.
Speaking on the occasion, Manhas lauded the contribution of late Alam Qureshi to Pahari culture. Crediting Qureshi for inculcating sense of identity among the Paharis, the JKAACL Vice President said that it was on account of efforts of people like Alam Qureshi that Pahari language has been able to make a mark.
Mushtaque Ali Ahmad Khan, Mohd. Ashraf Tak and Dr. Mirza Farooq Anwaar also spoke on the occasion. Later a musical tribute was paid to the eminent activist by Fayaz Ahmad Khan.
As part of the event, annual Alam Qureshi Sangeet award was presented by Pahari Cultural Club Karnah to singer Fayaz Ahmad Khan.
The function was conducted and coordinated by Editor cum Cultural Officer Pahari, Mohd. Ayub Mir.