All India Kashmiri Pandit Women Conference

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All India Kashmiri Pandit Women Conference
Jammu (India) December 26, 2010

Report & images by Raman Raina

Kashmira Vahini organized the 1st All India Kashmiri Pandit Women Conference here on Sunday wherein a large number of Pandit women delegates from length and breadth of the country participated.

The first session of the conference was graced by Dr. Ved Kumari Ghai as a chief guest. The other distinguished speakers who spoke on the occasion were Dr. Khema Kaul, Kalyani Kaul and Rama Shah. Smt Sunita Santoshi, General Secretary Kashmira Vahini presented the welcome address and organizational report of Kashmira Vahini to delegates present in the conference. Dr. Khema Kaul spokesperson of Kashmira Vahini on this occasion presented a paper highlighting the challenges Kashmiri Pandit Women are facing in exile and responses to these challenges on social, political and cultural fronts. Kalyani Kaul vice president Oracle finance in her speech emphasized on the KP women to pool in all their resources for collective effort in defeating forces inimical to the interests of KP community.

Sarla Tickoo from Varanasi renowned sport promoter opened the Chitra Darpan, a photo exhibition depicting Kashmiri Pandit women at a glance.

The second session of the conference was presided over by Dr. Agnishekhar convener Panun Kashmir.

The other distinguished speakers who spoke on the occasion were Dr. Usha Dhar, Dr. Phoola Kaul and Dr. Aruna Sharma. Dr. Phoola Kaul in her address pointed towards challenges being faced in exile to maintain a distinct religo-cultural identity.

Dr.Bawana Raina presented a paper where in the health trauma suffered by KP women in particular like stress diabetes and skin ailments, hyper-tension, reproductive problems and neuro-psychic related disorders were bane of exile and exodus.

Conference concluded with an enthralling culture bonza Thok-Thok a poetic tribute by Dr. Sudhir Mahajan to late Arjan Dev Majboor was highlight of the session. The other highlights of the session were Udaas Satisar a theatrical performance by J K Bezan and musical concert by famous music director Kuldeep Saproo. Artists who participated include Naina Saproo, Deepali Wattal, Dilip Langoo, Ravi Bhan, Siddharth Koul, Nikhil Majotra, Sunny Koul, Rakesh Kumar koona.

Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammi, India.
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