Mushtaaque Ali: ‘A Multi-Talented Artist’ in J&K

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Sameer Ahmad

Srinagar:  Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan hails from Rajbagh area of Srinagar has left no stone unturned to work for the cause of Art and Culture in Jammu and Kashmir. Besides being a filmmaker Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan is an actor on stage, Radio & Television, who started his career back in 1988.

Born and brought up in Srinagar, Khan has acted in and has directed more than two dozen stage plays. He is one of the leading filmmakers of Kashmir and for the last more than three decades he has produced and directed more than 400 documentaries, telefilms and episodes of serials. He also produced music albums for DD Kashir, DD Urdu, J&K Tourism.

Having completed his post-graduation from Kashmir University in 1982, he has also done Research in the ‘Eco-Development Project’ at Kashmir University (1983). Diploma in Forensic Science (Ballistics) from ‘Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science’, New Delhi (1984 – 85). Diploma (Hindi) from Central Hindi Directorate (1987 – 88). Khan has been awarded, honored & felicitated from time to time by the state cultural academy, other prestigious organizations and associations for his contribution in the field of theatre and filmmaking.

He is the first filmmaker of the valley, who produced & directed documentaries for UGCs countrywide classroom through AVRC of Kashmir University.

Khan is the founder and director of the ‘Kashmir World Film Festival’, a first of its kind and magnitude in Kashmir. He is also working as a Consultant with North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala at its Srinagar office. He is the Chairman of ‘Actors Creative Theatre’ (ACT), an organization, active in the field of Art, Culture, Film & Literature, since 1976.

Khan has been conducting film festivals, theatre festivals, theatre workshops, seminars, interactions, discussions and other functions on subjects like art, culture, film and literature involving hundreds and thousands of art-loving people, especially youth.

Khan was awarded a ‘senior fellowship’ in the field of folk theatre for a period of two years by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India (2009 – 2011)

Till date Khan has been felicitated with hundreds of awards – khan “Was Felicitated” by ‘SARHAD’, a Pune-based organization, at Pune for successfully organizing Film Festivals in Kashmir, (30th Jan 2019). Was ‘Awarded’ for his contribution in the field of Theatre by ‘CHINAR ART FOUNDATION’, at Jammu (17th March 2018), Infotel Award” for his meritorious services in the field of “Theatre, Radio & Television”, presented by Hon’ble Minister of J&K State, Mohtarma Asiya Naqash (12th Nov. 2017), Was presented “Award of Honour” for his meritorious services in the field of Theatre and Film Making by “All Artists Welfare Association Jammu”, presented by State President BJP Shri Sat Sharma and Secretary Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Mr. Azeez Hajni (22nd Dec. 2016 at Jammu), Short Film “Sula Mout” directed by him was awarded by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages. The award was presented by the Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Mr Kavinder Gupta (12th Oct. 2015), “Infotel Award” for his meritorious services in the field of “Theatre, Radio & Television”, presented by Hon’ble Minister of J&K State, Jenab Ghulam Hassan Mir (Dec. 2014), “Athwas Award” for his meritorious services in the field of “Theatre, Radio & Television”, presented by Hon’ble Minister of J&K State, Jenab Ali Mohammad Sagar (April 2011), The films “Ek afsana chaman ka” and “Tresh Ta Tarpan” produced and directed by him got “IInd Best Production” and “Consolation Award” respectively, in the first Film Festival / Competition of J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, presented by Hon’ble Minister of J&K State, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani (March 2010), “Award of Excellence” for “Best contribution in TV & Theatre” awarded by Travel Agents Association of Kashmir, presented by Hon’ble Minister of J&K State, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora (October 2009), “Best Direction” and “Best Set Designer” for the stage play “Taqdeer Saaz” in the Theatre Festival of J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages. The play was also awarded Best Production and got a total of nine awards, presented by Shri Vijay Baqaya (25 May 2009), “Academy’s Special prize of Best Direction” and “Best Set Designer” for the stage play “EK POTLI ARMANOON KI” in the Theatre Festival of J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages. The play was also awarded Best Production (jointly), and got a total of eight awards, presented by Hon’ble Union Minister Shri Saifuddin Soz (2006-07), “Best Set Designer” for the play “Jheel Bula Rahi Hai” in Doordarshan Srinagar’s Theatre Festival. The play which was directed by him was also awarded “3rd Best Production” and got a total of four awards, presented by His Excellency Gen. S. K. Sinha Governor of J&K State (2005), “Best Director” (Shakir & Aslam Memorial Award”) by Jehlum Art Media for directing Tele-film “Phirsaal” (2000), “Best Acting Award” for acting in the stage play “Bhoma” by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (1986) and “Special Prize” for acting in the stage play “Juloos” by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (1983).

Khan has got many achievements to his credit. He has been awarded a ‘senior fellowship’ in the field of folk theatre for a period of two years by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India (2009 – 2011). Has worked as a subject consultant in the Hindi Feature film “TAHAAN”, directed by Santosh Sivan (2007-08). The documentary film titled “KASHMIRI MUSIC” produced & directed by him in 1994 was screened in the International Film Festival, held in Srinagar, organized by the Films Division and J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (June 2007) and others.

Khan has also served as an expert and the judge for his outstanding knowledge regarding the subjects like art and culture. He was an expert in the selection committee of J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, for the selection of Costume designer (Aug. 2006), a member of the panel of Jury in the Painting competition in Kashmir University (Nov. 2008), a member of the panel of Jury in the Theatre Festival/ Competition organised by ANHAD (Aug. 2009), a member of the panel of Jury in ANHAD’s Young Filmmakers Documentary Film Festival (Nov. 2009), was member of the panel of Jury in Folk Theatre festival organised by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala (Nov. 2009), was Judge in the 3-day Talent Hunt Programme, held at Bandipore by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages (May 2011), an expert in the Auditions conducted by Song and Drama Division in Srinagar twice (July 2009 & May 2011), a member of the panel of jury in Theatre Festival organised by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages in Srinagar (July 2013), a member of the panel of jury in the Drama Audition held by Radio Kashmir Srinagar (5th & 6th Aug. 2015), a member of the panel of jury in the Theatre Festival organised by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages in Abhinav Theatre, Jammu (7th to 20th Dec 2015) and an expert for evaluating the plays for Theatre Festival organised by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages in Srinagar (2017).

Khan is a very dedicated cultural activist of J&K and has been consistently working for the cause of art and artists. Recently he was very active in getting the auditorium of Tagore Hall the only professional Auditorium of Kashmir renovated.

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