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November 24, 2005

 

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STEPHEN GILL’S ALBUMS OFFICIALLY RELEASED

 

Dr. Kuldip Singh Kular, a member of the parliament of Ontario, released two CD albums  of Stephen Gill at his riding office in Brampton, Ontario, on November 21  for Canada  International Panjabi Sahit Academy (CIPSA).  One album, titled A  Selection of Interviews of Dr. Stephen Gill, contains  TV interviews in English that  took place on different channels in different cities, including Ottawa, Montreal, Austin, Texas,  during the past fifteen years or so. Transferred from  video copies,  these interviews represent the views of Stephen Gill on world peace, the art of writing and his life in general. Largely educational, this DVD was initially edited for scholars and researchers who are working on doctoral theses on Stephen Gill.

 

Second album,  Aman Ki Rah ( way  to peace), is a collection of songs.  Nazir Shad, a prominent performer of Pakistan, has composed and sung some Urdu/Hindi poems of Dr. Stephen Gill in this album. The theme of these songs is world peace. The first song of this album can be  translated in English as if we were free.”

 

When Stephen Gill was in India  on a literary tour in 1999, he appeared on the Jalandar (Panjab) radio station for an interview with Joseph Freddy, chief editor of fortnightly  Masihi Sansar. He was not allowed to present this poem  on the station. That was the time when Khalistan movement  for separation   was at its height and India was being ruled by the Bhartiya Janata Party (the BJP), nationalists. Now in 2005,  postal authorities of Pakistan  refuse  to let this CD Aman Ki Rah  out of the country.  The released album and  its copies have been made from  a smuggled copy.

 

Among the attendees were prominent writers and intellectuals of Panjabi language,  including Gurdial Kenwal, president of CIPSA.  He has authored  several collections of poems, and appears in the Guinness World Records. Among other attendees include,  Major Nagra, chief editor of Watan  and president of a radio station,   Balbir Singh Momi, editor of Nagara, Urdu/Panjabi poet Dr. Solomon Naz, and Mr. Sulkhan Singh Hundal, who was representing Conservative Party of Canada for Federal Elections.

 

Thanking Dr. Kular, Stephen Gill said  he was aware that the medical profession is highly demanding. He is also aware that the life of a parliamentarian is  highly demanding.  Under these circumstances  a medical practitioner with only an adorable cause would dare to enter a parliament. He  added  that during  the days of Aristotle and Plato  physicians used to be philosophers and creative artists also. He admired Dr. Kular for his support to creative artists, including poets and writers.

 

Dr. Kular acknowledged the contributions of Stephen Gill as a writer in the field of peace.  On behalf of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario he presented Dr. Stephen Gill with a certificate concluding,    “your heartfelt dedication to various social issues serves as  an example to us all. Shrine and Aman Ki Rah are truly inspiring bodies of work and showcase your undeniable talents.”

 

PICTURE ATTACHED:

 

In the middle : Dr. Kuldip Singh Kular releases the albums

Left: Gurdial Kenwal, president, CIPSA

Right: Stephen Gill

 

For more information on Stephen Gill, please visit his web site: www.stephengill.ca

or phone him: 613-932-7735

 

 

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