Srinagar: In search of space for political dissent in the trouble-torn Kashmir Valley, 23-year-old Saba Nazki and a bunch of youths have started a tabloid ‘Mizraab exclusively for students to give vent to their creative expressions in the form of stories and illustrations. When Nazki flew back in 2014 after completing her graduation from Delhi University in English honours, she said there was ‘no space’ in the valley for intellectual creativity as existed in the national capital where art, theatre and writing used to be her daily fare.
The first issue of the 16-page fortnightly “Mizraab”, funded by local newspaper “Kashmir Observer”, is a collection of students’ writings, illustrations and poetry. “Kashmir not only has beautiful landscapes but is also rich in terms of art and literature. And it is so unfortunate that we do not have any space for expression. Kashmir is poetic. Students here need polishing and a platform for expression.
Thus, Mizraab,” Nazki, who never intended to be a journalist,said. Titled appropriately, “Mizraab”, a Persian-origin Urdu name for fiddle-stick or the plectrum with which musical instruments like the sitar or rabaab are played, is a platform to stir the hidden creative minds of the valley. “Mizraab for me is to instigate art and channelise intellectual space. In Kashmir, even student politics is mostly banned. We need to create our own space,” said Nazki, the founding editor. Pursuing her masters in English literature from Kashmir University, Nazki has involved fellow students, invoking in them the sense of writing. The first edition published earlier this month is a mix of Kashmir’s art, culture, history and linguistic treasure.IANS
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