Band Making

Singing might have been a simple exercise at some point in time. Not anymore. A city singer had to struggle hard, lift a loan from the bank and the family to purchase instruments that...

New Virtual Stars

A Ladishah artist and a singer, both students, make a splash on Kashmir’s social media and outside the region as well. Syed Samreen meets the new faces with new voices who are determined to walk...

Fading Sounds

An uncle and a nephew could be the last makers of Sarangi and Swarnai, the two key musical instruments of Kashmir music. There is no demand and there are no takers for the art...

A Sufiyana Group

Five young girls picked up the art of playing intricate musical instruments with a serious bid to revive Kashmir’s fading Sufiyana Mosiqi, reports Farzana Nisar It is raining outside, and the walls of a single storey...

Virtual Gulrez

A post graduate in environmental science recorded a Kashmiri song. Watching it emerge as a smash hit on the web, Adil Gurezi jumped into the musical eco-system and is counting his numbers, reports Umar...

Golden Voice

A faith healers son, Kabul Bukhari did his primary schooling in Karnah and then in Srinagar. He finally flew to Mumbai for studies and reconnected with Kashmir through YouTube as one of the few...

For Social Cause

Ahmad Najeeb meets a Sopore boy who raps for the social cause and has vowed not to make money from his art. He is currently preparing for IAS Padho Beta Likho Beta Doctor Beta, Engineer Beta, Kabhi...

Boy Singer

Two years after his affluent parents sent him to Jammu for better education, they got the surprise that their son is a singer. Then they supported him and it helped Imee Imran improve his...

Reso-Nation

As strife created gulf for expression for pain and despair, the feeble movement of turmoil art took over. Soon the internet as the vast and democratic space became a natural landscape to the new...

Sarangi Lover

Fighting a protracted battle at home to choose music as a career, Iqbal Shah finally started making and playing the instruments. Three years later, he has trained 50 others in Sufi recitals and is...

Change of Heart

Despite a difficult childhood and lifelong disability Riyaz A Wani established himself as a professional singer. But then everything seemed out-of-sync as he had a change of heart. Zubair Sofi tells his story For Riyaz...

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 miracle...

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 music...

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 Rashid He...

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 album...

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