Monday, July 31, 2017

In 1959, 1964 AND 1986, THE DAL LAKE IN SRINAGAR FROZE COMPLETELY

                                 


BAKSHI GHULAM MOHD  WITH FRIENDS  STANDING ON THE SURFACE OF  FROZEN DAL LAKE..  JANUARY 1959..

In January 1959,  I don’t know but many elders told me that Dal  lake froze completely .  It remained frozen for more than 30 days . The  frozen crust was more than 2 feet in depth making it a solid surface that could hold the weight of a  Moving jeep that Bakshi Ghulam Mohd ( The then Prime Minister  of J&K State )  drove over it . Many People have told me that he was accompanied by Pandit  Jwahar lal Nehru as well. Many people from Rainawari who were going to Badami Bagh for their duty  , chose to go on foot   using  a shortest  route  that was over the surface of Frozen lake .

The lake again froze in January 1964. It froze again for about 30 days. .That winter,   some Police officials   drove a vehicle over the frozen surface. I have  heard it from so many elders and houseboat Owners in the lake .

In January 1986 , I saw the Frozen lake and walked over it  . From Nehru Park we went right up to the Bathing Boats on foot. We saw some persons selling Tea and cake pieces on a Redda . we saw children playing cricket. Football and Hockey    over  the Frozen surface . We saw a  person selling roasted water chestnuts ( Singara ) on a Redda   over the frozen surface . A few Tourists with  cameras could also be seen that day. I also saw some persons enjoying Bicycle ride on the Frozen lake surface. I believe the  lowest temperature recorded during winter that time was   something around  minus 12 degrees Celsius.

                                                                     
                                      ( Children Playing Cricket on  Frozen Dal Lake in Srinagar  )


My friend Rajesh Kaul adds....

"  In 1986 I shot some scenes of my Urdu serial `KAB TAK` on frozen DAL and some scenes on frozen snow around some  ruins under the foot hill- Hari Parbhat Fort. Serial was telecast in early 1987 from DDK Srinagar."

Noted Poet Farooq Nazki informs...

" I remember in 1964 ,  0ur friend and MP  late shamim Ahmad shamim. Cycling at Gagribal on the frozen surface of Dal  Lake .It became part of  the Documetry shot by Mr .  Kumar senior most cameraman of The Department of information "

Mukta Lall ( Daughter of Poet Jagan Nath  Azad ) informs  ..

" I remember our father telling us that in 1959 when the lake froze Pundit Nehru was also taken there for a ride in jeep. He also commented that what a foolish adventure it was - just in case the lake had given way. "


( Autar Mota )

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