Music articles

Melancholic Melody

No recognition, no respect, not enough money to feed his family, still Noor Mohammad Shah sings to keep the art alive. Bought to life by a youtube video Noor now hopes for a

Hafiz’s Journey

He refused to be just another skilled labourer working his eyesight out in penury in Srinagar’s downtown. His calling was music. Saima Bhat talks to Rashid Hafiz, the singer who kept traditional Kashmiri

Devotional Hymns

In school, he was celebrated for his singing abilities. Later as vocal passion pitched up, Mir Saqib secured several singing competitions before a change struck and flipped his tunes and notes, reports Saima

Love of Music

For over three decades Nisar Ahmad Dar enthralled audiences with western musical in one of radio Kashmir’s most loved programme. An ardent music lover he is all set to launch his first solo

Bhaand ‘Diplomacy’

The down spiral of Kashmir’s centuries old folk art Bhaand-e-Paether is often attributed to the turmoil in Kashmir; however, the ‘other’ factors pounding it down have conveniently been ignored along the way. Suhail

‘Blind’ devotion

Born with an inability to see things did not make Wali Muhammad Hajam, a destitute. Instead, he enthrals and mesmerises thousands of people with his soulful singing. Bilal Handoo reports how hordes of

End of an ‘Era’

From a thriving customer base in the US and Europe, Kashmir’s last indigenous musical instruments maker, Ghulam Muhammad Zaz, is fast slipping into oblivion. He, however, is not upset about it. A decision

A Borrowed Tribute!

    Shams Irfan Encouraged by the success of Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir, a musical/cultural event originally launched to counter Zubin Mehta’s concert in Srinagar, the coalition of civil societies decided to present a musical tribute

An Unequal Music

As Germans flew Zubin Mehta to Shalimar, it triggered a counter-concert in the heart of the city that authorities reluctantly permitted. The two concerts told two different stories of Kashmir to a cheerful