Berlin, March 13, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Chairman of Kashmir Council Europe (KCEU) Ali Raza Syed has emphasized that art and culture can be effective tools for raising the rights of Kashmiri people. Ali Raza Syed was speaking at a panel debate with German Professor Max Kramer on “70 years of resistance against Indian occupation of Kashmir” in Berlin, Germany.
The event was arranged by Theater X which launched a three-week programme on different issues of resistance. A documentary about Kashmir was also presented during the event moderated by Pakistani journalist, Erfan Aftab. Ali Raza Syed also responded to the questions of the participants who were mostly German intellectuals and experts from different walks of life.
The KCEU Chairman said, bringing arts and artists to the forefront of struggle against foreign occupation is very important for Kashmiri movement for self-determination. He added, resistance through culture is the best way of doing non-violent struggle.
Appreciating the event, Ali Raza Sued said, Kashmiri poets and artists express the pain of sufferings and commitment for the rights of the people of Kashmir. He said, “The Theater X has enabled us to spread awareness about Kashmir in the mainstream people of Europe.” He argued that culture is the expression of the collective soul of a nation. The nations engaged in struggle of freedom always carry their dreams through the culture of resistance and it’s creative expressions such as traditional songs, poetry, theater, painting and fiction/literature.
He said, a song, piece of poetry, a theater act or a drama can motivate people and works for a longer period than speech or slogans. “We already observed this in the artistic expression in Kashmir in shape of painting or poetry or any other form. Kashmiri poets and artists are also expressing the anguish and commitment of their nation.”
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