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October-December 2001 issue

Lalla-Ded Educational and Welfare Trust

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Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri



Biradari News


Susmit D/o Dr. Sushama & Shri Raj Kaul of Evershine Nagar, Malad (W), Mumbai married Deepak S/o Smt. Sarla & Shri R.L.Razdan on 29th Oct. 2001 at Jammu.

Ashish S/o Smt. Rajni & Shri Ramnarain Bakshi of  Nandanvan, Andheri (W), Mumbai married Beena D/o Smt Sujata & Shri Ashok Sonalkar on 17th Nov., 2001 at Mumbai.

Dr. Sonika D/o Smt. Vijay & Shri R.L.Hak of Hyderabad Estate, Napean Sea Road, Mumbai married Dr. Vijay S/o Dr.Usha & Dr. P.R.Agarwal on 25th November 2001 at Mumbai.

Shilpa D/o Smt. Usha & Shri R.L.Bhan of  Avdhoot Nagar, Dahisar (E), Mumbai married Pankaj S/o Smt. Nirmala & Dr. B.L.Kaul on 7th December 2001 at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat.

Shefali D/o Late Nischint & Dr. H.N.Patwari of Bohri Talab Tillo, Jammu married Sanjay S/o Smt. Asha & Shri A.K.Koul on 9th December 2001 at Delhi. Dr. Patwari is a life member of KPA.

Ritu D/o Amar and Anu Tiku of Rashmi De-Monte, Bandra , Mumbai married Hemanshu S/o Smt. & Shri Sudhir Surti on 28th December 2001 at Mumbai.


Yagneopavit Ceremony of Vivek and Sidharth Grandsons of Smt. Sushila & Shri Pran Nath Wali and sons of Smt. Sunita & Shri Vinod Kumar Wali of Sukhdayak, J.B.Nagar, Andheri (E), Mumbai was performed on 29th September 2001 at Jammu.

Audio Released

Milchar felicitates Smt. Girija Pandit for release of the collection of her poems  by Venus Music Co. We have known her poetic talent for a long time and through her contribution to Milchar. She has now given her voice to some of these poems and also scored music for them. The collection has been set to music by Deepak Sen. 


Shri Ravinder Safaya of Nalla Sopara, who was deputed by HMT International, on behalf of Government of India, to Senegal (West Africa) under G-15 Cooperation Programme, as an expert in mechanical maintenance, was awarded 'Chevalier' (Award for Exemplary Services rendered by foreigners in Senegal) by the President of

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the Republic of Senegal (above top) on 17th February 2001 at Dakar, Senegal. Shri Safaya was also felicitated by the Ambassador of India in Senegal. Text of the 'Chevalier' read: 

"President of Republic of Senegal is pleased to confer to Mr. Ravinder Safaya, expert of mechanical maintenance, whose date of birth is 20.4.1959, an Indian, who rendered his exemplary services to the country. His meritorious service has been awarded with the Decoration of Chevalier Award and the Citation."

Yatri Bhawan at Srinagar

The foundation stone for Yatri Bhawan at Durga Nag temple premises at Srinagar was laid by the Governor of J&K State on 15th October 2001. It was also attended by the Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah. A large gathering of people, particularly Kashmiri Pandits living in Srinagar were present. This was perhaps the largest gathering of the KPs in Srinagar after exodus. Shri P.N.Takoo, President, Durga Nath Trust, speaking on the occasion mentioned that Durga Nag Trust was a KP trust as set out by its original settler Swami Shiv Rattan Ji Maharaj in 1930. Swami was Shivji Bhat before he took to the monistic order.

Marriage Mahoorat - It so happened

In tune with the present trends, a Baraat reached the girl's place much later than the Mahoorat time at Jammu. The girl's father entertained the Baraatis to a Khaana, but politely refused to go ahead with the Lagan ceremony. He asked the groom to come on the next available Mahoorat, which was after two days, as he was not ready to marry his daughter on a day when proper Mahoorat was over. Will others take a leaf from his book?.


- You are doing wonderful work bringing information about Kashmir and its people to fellow Indians, through your web site ZAAN. I have much benefitted by browsing your site. As you are aware, Kashmir is highly seismic. Even though Kalhana and others have listed some of the earthquakes, the history remains incomplete in its details. From Shuka's history, we learn that there was a devastating shock in 1955 AD. This is corroborated by Persian records also. I need further authentic information on this event. Can you please let me know where are the villages Maru-petgam, Hasanpur and Husainpur? I need preferably the latitude and longitude. Also we know there was an earthquake felt in August-September 1803 AD. In fact this did not originate in Kashmir, but was felt in a wide area. If you can provide information on this from your archives, I would be thankful.

 The contribution of the poets of Kashmir to Sanskrit literature is immense. Kshemendra is simply marvellous. It is said that there was a star visible in the day time during his time (11th century AD). I did not find reference to this in Kshemendra's works. Have you or Pandits of Kashmir got reference to this? 

Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 12.

- Thank you very much for your new years greetings. We had distributed your Information Digests among the Kashmiri Pandit families in UK. The young generation here has appreciated your work. Kindly arrange to send us another set of 50 copies each by air post parcel as before and we shall arrange to send you £100 cheque. 

Dr. S.N.Ganju
Kashmir Bhawan, Luton, Beds, U.K.

They left us

Shri Hirday Nath Ganju of Sagar Apartments, Union Park, Pali Hill, Bandra left for his heavenly abode on 28th October, 2001 at Mumbai.

Shri Sham Lal Kaul (Talib) father of Shri Rajinder Kaul of Harsiddha Park, Thane left for his heavenly abode on 4th November 2001 at Mumbai. 

Smt. Mohini Khashu, mother of Shri Nanaji Khashu of Jonna Villa, Manickpur, Vasai and sister of Shri R.L.Hak of Hyderabad Estate, Napean Sea Road, left for her heavenly abode on Ist Dec. 2001 at Vasai.

Shri Gopi Nath Kaushik, father of Shri Rakesh & Kusumakar Kaushik of Old Sidharath Nagar, Div. II, Goregaon (W), left for his heavenly abode on 17th Dec. 2001 at Mumbai.

Dr. C.L.Bhat, (Head, Nuclear Research Lab HARL, BARC), of Annapurna, Anushakti Nagar, left for his heavenly abode on 17th Dec. 2001 at Abu.

(May their souls rest in peace)

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