Wednesday, February 10, 2016

REMEMBERING SOM NATH ZUTSHI KASHMIRI SHORT STORY WRITER , DRAMATIST AND TRANSLATOR


                                                                                

SRINAGAR 1947... SOM NATH ZUTSHI WITH OTHER WRITERS ..
(writers Navtej Singh, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Somnath Zutshi and others in Srinagar, 1947.Som Nath Zutshi  can be seen in the rear ( Last row ) on the left side ).

SOM NATH ZUTSHI
Som Nath Zutshi started writing in urdu and later shifted to kashmiri . For some time ,he acted as secretary Progressive writers Association of kashmir.


Along with Dina Nath Naadim, Som Nath Zutshi was a pioneer in Kashmiri short story writing . While Naadim wrote “Jawaabi Card” , Zutshi’s short story “ Yeli Phol Gaash” also appeared simultanously in 1950. It is believed that while Naadim had written his story in 1948 and it was broadcast the same year, Zutshi wrote his story in February 1949. Zutshi’s Rasul , a character that he created for his short story “ Yeli Phol Gaash “ was inspired by short stories of Progressive genre that were appearing in the country at that point of time. I believe that both these stories are first short stories in kashmiri language.

Aziz Haroon,Noor Mohd Roshan, Mirza Arif, Akhtar Mohi Ud din ,Ali Mohd lone ,Amin Kamil , Umesh Koul and Sofi Ghulam Mohd and many more followed them immediately.

This was a period when , Rajinder Singh Bedi, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, Balraj Sahni,S H Raza , Devinder Satyarthi and so many other progressive writers , poets and painter were frequent visitors to kashmir acting as catalytic agents for creative activity in valley.

Apart from short stories , Zutshi also wrote Dramas especially radio Dramas. His kashmiri Radio Drama" Viji Vaav" was awarded first prize in 1955 in all India radio Drama competition.


Zutshi was a wonderful Translator . He translated WILD DUCK ( Henrik Isben ), THE TRIAL ( Franz Kafka ) and THE INSPECTOR GENERAL ( Nicoloi Gogol ) to kashmiri . Gogol's Translation won him Soviet Land Nehru award in 1974.
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1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    My name is Rishabh Kaul. I'm the grandson of Som Nath Zutshi. He passed away when I was 17 but continues to inspire and intrigue me in ways I don't fully understand.

    I would like to learn more about him and the man he was. His own children, I'm afraid, never saw him more than just their father and it's only through his peers that I might have a chance to understand him better.

    Is there anyway I can get in touch with you and strike a conversation?

    I'm available at kaulrishabh@gmail.com

    Thanks, Rishabh

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