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Nazir Josh–Kashmir’s laugh doctor wants to bring mirth back to valley’s depressed lives

BUDGAM Long before it was infected by violence and its streets reverberated with sounds of slogans and gunfire, Kashmir was a place where one could hear laughter in every household in the evenings when Nazir Josh, Kashmir’s very own “Charlie Chaplin”, used to come on Doordarshan (DD), the national broadcaster, …

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Noted writer and broadcaster Pran Kishore Kaul conferred Padam Shri award

SRINAGAR Noted Kashmiri writer, broadcaster and a stage and film director, Pran Kishore Kaul was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri Award on the 69th Republic Day in New Delhi. Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra congratulated Kaul on the achievement and wished him continuing high success in all his endeavours. …

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Book details woes of Kashmir’s transgender community

SRINAGAR A recent book looks at the suffering of Kashmir’s transgender community by studying the lives of 24 “hijras”, with the author contending that very few people are interested in knowing about them, resulting in the sordid conditions in which they live. The insightful “Hijras of Kashmir: A Marginalised Form of Personhood,” (Jay Kay Books/ …

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Kashmir World Film Festival returns to valley for 2nd edition

SRINAGAR The Kashmir World Film Festival (KWWF) is returning to the valley for its second edition, which begins tomorrow. The five-day festival is being organised by Actos Creative Theatre (ACT). “The motive of organising the festival is to restore the film culture in the valley,” KWWF director Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad …

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JK Cultural Academy pays tributes to Raj Begum on first death anniversary

SRINAGAR To pay tribute to the Nightingale of Kashmir, Raj Begum on her first death anniversary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with Films Division, Government of India today screened a biographical film on her life at Tagore Hall here. The film titled ‘Her Theme …

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