JAMMU, Apr 3: A collection of Dogri short stories “Addh Majhatai” by renowned fiction writer and columnist Rajeshwar Singh Raju was released in a function at Abhinav Theatre here today under the banner of Dogri Sanstha.
Published by Maya Sansar and dedicated to the memory of Late Raghubir Singh Salathia, the released book incorporates eleven short stories on a variety of social issues characterized by deep humanism, psychological insight into human character and behaviour in effective language.
Ved Rahi, celebrated Dogri and Hindi writer-director was the chief guest on this occasion while Balwant Thakur, Stage Director of international fame was special guest. Dr AS Aman, Additional Secretary JKAACL was guest of honour while Dr Lalit Magotra, noted writer, intellectual and convener, Sahitya Akademi’s Advisory Board for Dogri, presided over the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Ved Rahi said Rajeshwar Singh Raju had mastered the art of creating life like characters in his stories. He is a multitalented artist having written many serials and stage plays. He mentioned some of the stories of the released book and eulogized the style and content of the stories penned by Rajeshwar.
Balwant Thakur and Dr Aman also spoke on the occasion. They said that future of Dogri is safe so far as writers like Rajeshwar are active in literature.
In his presidential address, Dr Lalit Magotra said that Dogri Sanstha has credit of encouraging many short story writers and Raju’s present collection is a significant adage to Dogri literature. The writer has high level of sensibility which is imperative for creative expression. The canvas of these stories is very extensive and highlights the realities of life covering variety of subjects and illustrating the variegated facets of society.
Earlier, Chhatrapal, President of Dogri Sanstha presented the welcome address.
Rajeshwar Singh Raju read one story titled “Te Unne Kann Band Kari Laite” from the book which depicted the mental agony of a boy, who is engaged by a chicken store to slaughter broilers and is intolerant to the screams of scared chicks.
He also shared his writing process with the audience. Hindi and Dogri poet, Dr Nirmal Vinod, general secretary, Dogri Sanstha conducted the proceedings in his typical style.
Source: World Hindu News (WHN)