Kashmiri Music Fest Begins In Srinagar

Kashmiri Music Fest Begins In Srinagar

18 November 2013
India Blooms News Service
Saleem Iqbal Qadri

Srinagar: Shashrang 2013, the Kashmiri musical Festival organized on the banks of world famous Dal Lake, was launched on Sunday here at SKICC auditorium Srinagar. The Festival organized by the Kashmir Music Club Co-operative Ltd. celebrates various genres of Kashmiri sufiyana, folk music and Kashmiri light music. Calling music food for soul, Minister for Tourism G.A. Mir said that to heal stress and hypertension, music is the best medicine and treatment, whatsoever the sufferings may be. The Fest include Grand Cultural Show presented by renowned artists, which include Mir Munir and others and Award Ceremony. Appreciating the organizers of the Shashrang Musical Fest, Mir said that the government is committed to promote music, poetry and culture an every effort is being made to support such organizations, engaged in providing a platform to local artists to present their performances. Various genres of Kashmiri Sufiyana, folk music and Kashmiri Light Music were the attractions of the Fest. Earlier, Chairman, Kashmir Music Club Waheed Jeelani in his welcome address urged for strengthening the bonds of brotherhood by organizing joint ventures of music and literature. He expressed satisfaction over the support of all stakeholders in promoting art and music in the State and also for providing necessary facilities for organizing music programmers. Later, renowned artist of the State Padamshree Awardee, Shameema Azad was honored for her outstanding contribution in the field of music. Late Sufiyana Maestro Sheikh Abdul Aziz, M. Yousuf Chrari, a reputed folk artist, G. M. Saznawaz, Gulzar Ganai, DDG, Radio Kashmir Srinagar, Bashir Aaarif was also awarded for his efforts to strengthen art and culture through the medium of radio. A CD comprised of the Natiya poems of late M Ayub Betab was released by the dignitaries. Programmed Director, Shafeeq Qureshi on this occasion said that cultural organizations work for the revival and promotion of Art, Culture and Tourism of the State. A Kashmiri CD containing a song written by Bashir Dada and translated in five languages composed by Waheed Jeelani was released by the dignitaries on the occasion. Waheed said that ths CD will be released in London in July next year, aimed at promoting Kashmir Tourism and Kashmiri Music in the foreign countries.