Kashmiri Pandits’ Association, Mumbai is a non-profit community association dedicated to enriching lives of people, especially the Kashmiri community. The main objective of Kashmiri Pandits’ Association, Mumbai (KPA) is the preservation, propagation, promotion of Kashmiri culture and social values. KPA, over the years has enriched the society through awareness programmes, educational initiatives, rehabilitation of destitute and ethnically displaced families, providing medical help and encouraging the younger generations to conserve Kashmiri heritage.
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KPA Navreh Celeberations 2021
Shri M.K.Raina being awarded today, the Lifetime Achievement Award by Kashmiri Pandits’ Association, Mumbai for his services in the field of Kashmiri Language. Also release of Project Zaan”s book Elementary Kashmir Information Digest, meant for those children who were not born in Kashmir or did not live there, to bring Kashmir, Kashmiri Kanguage and Kashmiri Culture to them.
Shri MK Raina's Corner
Born on 10.02.1948 in Srinagar, I came to Jammu in 1990 at the height of militancy and then to Mumbai in 1993. I am a civil engineer by profession. I have been working on Kashmiri language since 1995. We started Project Zaan in Mumbai in collaboration with Lalla Ded Educational & Welfare Trust and Kashmiri Pandits’ Association in 1998-99 under inspiring leadership of Late Shri J.N.Kachroo, ex Principal, National High School, Srinagar. I was appointed Convener of the Project. Main Objective of the Project Zaan was to disseminate information about our motherland, our language and our culture to younger generations and popularise Kashmiri language. I have been conducting Kashmiri Learning classes since 1996 and have started Kashmiri Vocabulary classes on internet from January 2019. I have co-authored the Basic Reader for Kashmiri Language and have produced lessons on How to Read & Write Kashmiri in Devanagari Script and in Nastaliq Script. I was instrumental in getting the Kashmiri Software Kashmiri Arinimal Engine developed by the Cyberscape Multimedia. I have authored tsók módúr, kénh nón kénh són and silsilûvàr kyah kyah vanû – Collection of Short Stories in Kashmiri, also translated many of them in Hindi & English. One more collection of my short stories in English is Pentachord. I have a Collection of Poems pêvàn chhúm yàd to my credit too. I have also authored A Dictionary of Peculiar & Uncommon Kashmiri Words & Phrases.
Apart from my own work, I have retyped many Kashmiri classics including Lalla Vaakh, Shrukh, Kashmiri Proverbs, Kashmiri Folk Tales, Kashmiri Riddles, Folk Songs of Kashmiri children, Hatim’s Tales, Kashmiri Talmih, Sarvanand Koul Premi’s Koshur Ramayan, Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and ‘Rusi Padshah Katha’ in Devanagari-Kashmiri script, as also works of other renowned Kashmiri authors and poets and put them on internet. I have re-written old classics Gulrez and Gule Bakawali in Devanagari Kashmiri script and translated Gulrez in to Hindi. I have re-typed 8 Chapters of Dr Amar Malmohi’s Katha Sarit Sagar in Devanagari-Kashmiri and reworked on Kashmiri folk tales published by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, transforming them into Grandma’s Stories in Kashmiri, Hindi and English. In the process, I have retyped more than 4000 pages of Kashmiri literature apart from my own works of about 2000 pages.
I was editor of the community journal Milchar of Kashmiri Pandits’ Association, Mumbai for about 10 years, editor of the Hindi & Kashmiri Sections of another Community journal of Bangalore aalav for three years and editor of the e-journal of Project Zaan harvan for two years. Presently, I am the editor of monthly e-journal of Project Zaan renamed Praagaash, dedicated to Kashmiri Heritage, Language and Culture. I have been felicitated by The Kashmir Education, Culture and Science Society, New Delhi in 2013, by All India Kashmiri Samaj, New Delhi in 2015 and Jammu & Kashmir Vichar Manch, New Delhi in 2020 for my contribution to Kashmiri language.