Kashmir, which is known as the 'paradise on earth', has been the abode of eminent scholars, savants, historians and poets, like Bilhan, Mamatachary, Anandavardhana, Gunaverman, Abhinavagupta, Jonaraja, Kalhana, etc. These luminaries had mastery over Sanskrit language. During the Muslim rule, Persian became the court language. Kashmiri scholars did not lag behind in acquiring mastery in this language also and produced scholars and poets like Gani Kashmiri, Munshi Bhawani Dass Kachroo, Hyder Malik Chadura, Narayan Kaul Ajiz, Muhammad Azam Didmari, etc. Besides them, there were saints and poets who preferred to use their own Kashmiri dilect for conveying their messages and thoughts. These included both men and women. Most prominent among them were Sheikh Noor-u-Din Noorani, Lal Ded, Rupa Bhawani, Habba Khatoon and Arinimaal.
Subhash Kak has been called India leading expressionist poet. He is the author of two other books of poetry The Conductor of the Dead and Other Poems and The London Bridge and Other Poems.
Maharaj Kaul, who was born in the beautiful Vale of Kashmir in northern India, is an engineer by profession. He has written many articles and poems that have been published in periodicals in the U.S. and India.
Lalita Pandit is a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin -La Crosse where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, Literary Theory, International Studies in Literature, and general writing and communication courses.
Arti has been trained and groomed as a accomplished singer by her Guru Shri T. K. Jalali. Arti has performed in major Indian cities and has represented the Government of India in West Indies, Venezuela, and North America in cultural and social exchange programs.
Chandra Dassi is daughter of Late Pandit Gwash Lal Ganjoo of Rainawari, Srinagar, Kashmir. She is born at Anantnag, Kashmir and had early education there.
Arjan Dev Majboor (real name Arjan Nath Koul) of Zainapura in Pulwama District (b.1924) saw many vicissitudes in his early life. His calm exterior, which Moti Lal Saqi has called deceptive, belies the turmoil his heart has passed through.
Rahul Razdan belongs to the family of Razdans, from the village Mahanoor. He was enjoying his childhood in the lush green meadows and snowy peaks of Kashmir, when our community was forced into exile. He and his family became refugees in our own country.
Sh. Saroor writes ghazals, nazms, vatsuns, bhajans, rubayaat, fictions, marsias, poems for children, and essays. He is an approved poet by All India Radio (Radio Kashmir/Jammu) and Doordarshan.
Name - Som Nath Bhat Pen name - VEER (it was Panchi upto 1964. Then it was changed by Late rwanand Koul Premi as VEER on the behest of Master Zinda Koul)
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