Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Saaznawaz passes away

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The maestro, legendary Sufiana music Artist and instrumentalist, Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Saaznawaz passed away Thursday afternoon.

A recipient of Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Saaznawaz was considered an exceptional musical talent of the state.

Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, Khalid Bashir Ahmed has expressed profound grief and sorrow on the demise of Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Saaznawaz.

In his condolence massage, the Secretary said the demise of the maestro is a great loss to music in general and Kashmiri sufiana music in particular. He said the late instrumentalist had popularized Kashmir music in a major way and his contribution would be remembered for a long time.

As the news of the demise of the maestro came, a condolence meeting was held at the academy central office here, where rich tribute was paid to the departed musician.

The Secretary recalled Saaznawaz’s association with the academy and said he had been a member of the academy’s general council. He belonged to the famous Saaznawaz Gharana of Kashmir which has a long and rich tradition in sufiana music.  His contribution was acknowledged at a highest level through Sangeet Natak Academy Award and the State Award.

The Secretary prayed for the departed soul and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

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