Iqbal Ahmad

Preserving the cultural identity

Preserving the cultural identity

Kashmiries are a peace loving nation which has got a documented   history of about 6000 years. Archeologists and historians who carry out the study of Kashmir history and culture claim that people of Kashmir is an old nation which, according to them, has a well documented history of 6,000 years. In ancient times   it was […]

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Dranga the ancient watch station

Dranga the ancient watch station

 Drang is a small village situated at a distance of a mile and a half from North Kashmir’s town of Tangmarg- the gateway to the famous Gulmarg. Drang is the spot wherefrom the Ferozpora Nallah  flows into numerous villages. The latter part of the name preserves the memory of its ancient appellation Karkota-dranga. The term […]

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The less known Persian manuscripts

The less known Persian manuscripts

Apart from Sanskrit records of Kashmir which are hardly explored, our Persian documents and manuscripts too have not been given any such treatment which these deserve. As a result, most of them are facing a similar crisis as that of the Sanskrit records. Most of these manuscripts are still not translated, un-catalogued and undocumented. Like […]

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Preserving heritage buildings

Preserving heritage buildings

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has got a repository of such historical buildings in shape of archaeological monuments, historical shrines, Palaces and forts which have earned a special place in the renowned heritage and archaeological manuals across the globe. All the three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, comprising the state of Jammu and Kashmir have […]

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Kashmir in the pre historic period!

Kashmir in the pre historic period!

Much has been written and said about the pre-historic cultures of Kashmir and it is widely believed that man of that period had been living a nomadic style of life and used the natural caves as shelters. During the last few decades Archaeologists have discovered few ancient cave settlements. They have also found the tools […]

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Preserving the Sufi heritage!

Preserving the Sufi heritage!

In November last year, after the spire of Khanqah-e-Moula was destroyed in fire, the state government called for the safety audit of all the shrines of Kashmir. The then chief minister, who   also   headed the Waqf Board, had directed all the departments including the Waqf board, Fire and Emergency services, Power Development Department, Public Health […]

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Exploring Neolithic Kashmir

Exploring Neolithic Kashmir

Much has been written and said about the pre-historic cultures of Kashmir and it is widely believed that men of that period had been living a nomadic style of life and used the natural caves as their shelters. During the last few decades Archaeologists have discovered few ancient cave settlements and also found the tools […]

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Celebrating art and heritage

Celebrating art and heritage

Recently the International Museum Day was celebrated all over the globe. The day is usually celebrated on 18th of May, mostly by the state museums. In this connection a function was also held at SPS Museum Lalmandi, where in the museum held an exhibition on its Persian and Arabic manuscripts. There were several rare manuscripts […]

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The beauty of Kashmiri hand-woven shawls 

The beauty of Kashmiri hand-woven shawls 

A few days ago, people celebrated ‘World Heritage Day’ with this year’s theme termed as ‘Heritage for Generations’. The day was also celebrated in the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the special official functions that were held at Jammu and Srinagar. The Department of Archives Archaeology and Museums on this occasion organized a special […]

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Forgotten literature!

Forgotten literature!

Without doubt we should take care of our spoken dialect, Kashmiri which since countries has been serving as the medium of communication although it hardly was a written language and never the official language of this land. As records suggest, it was Sanskrit and Persian that made to the courts and record rooms of this […]