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Saviour of Kashmir by Kunwar Viyogi

KVM Trust honours the legacy of the ‘Saviour of Kashmir’

Group Captain Randhir Singh also known as Kunwar Viyogi was a celebrated Dogri poet and decorated soldier, whose service in the Indian Air Force had a profound impact on his writing. His Sahitya Akademi award winning poem ‘Ghar’ highlighted the bravery of the Dogras of Jammu, their valour and service a cornerstone of the spirit of the Indian military.

The Forgotten Battle of URI

The Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust founded in the iconic poet’s memory is dedicated to honouring the bravery of the immortal Indian soldier. The Trust is organising the screening of ‘1947: The Forgotten Battle of Uri’, a documentary drama on Jammu’s legendary hero, Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal at the Tiger auditorium in the Satwari Cantt on Saturday, September 28 (11 am onwards). The special guests will be Major General Sharad Kapur, GoC of the Tiger Division as well as the President of the J&K Ex-Services League, Major General Goverdhan Singh Jamwal.

Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal served as the chief of the J&K state forces who led a band of 100 Dogra warriors to repel an invasion force of 6000 Pakistani tribals and soldiers. His military operation delayed the Pakistani army by 4 days, allowing Maharaja Hari Singh to sign the Instrument of Accession, after which the Indian army entered the battle and pushed back the invaders. Brigadier Rajinder Singh Jamwal’s sacrifice ensured the unification of Kashmir with the Indian union, giving him the title of the ‘Saviour of Kashmir’. He remains a shining example of courage and sacrifice for the nation.

The documentary has been developed and produced by the nation’s foremost defence analyst Major General GD Bakshi. As one of the keynote speakers, he will share his mission to preserve the stories of India’s most pivotal battles and war heroes.

In 2018, the artists of the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust paid tribute to the armed forces with the dance drama ‘Pryutsu’, a unique fusion of Kathak, Dogri and English poetry, taking the performance to Jaipur, Chandigarh and Srinagar, culminating in a cultural extravaganza at the hallowed Manekshaw Centre in Delhi in the presence of the honourable Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

The armed forces is full of artists who add to its rich tapestry. This year the Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust will also introduce the ‘Shaurya Kala’ award for soldier-artists, giving them the platform and encouragement to hone their creative craft.

The Kunwar Viyogi Memorial Trust is committed to honour the spirit of the Indian soldier through the power of art.