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Strings from Kashmir


Abhay Sopory, 40, from the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir’s music custom, who gained the Gandhi Global Peace Prize earlier this yr, is working in direction of finishing his thesis on the music and tradition of his residence state. He will submit it to Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh quickly. Currently at his Lodhi residence, he says he hopes to develop this right into a guide. Excepts from a cellphone dialog.

How will college students of classical music, unfamiliar with Kashmiriyat (cultural values) profit from this?

My analysis work will first compel historians to revisit their opinion with regard to Kashmiri tradition. Musicians, musicologists, and different analysis students will get a brand new perception. This will result in new analysis works on Kashmiri music being analysed on the premise of information quite than opinions and illusions.

How many hours of research and analysis you might be placing in?

I write and analysis for my thesis from 9 p.m. and it goes on until three or four a.m.. I additionally research publish lunch with temporary gaps. Right now I’m planning to arrange festivals and artist line-up, venues, for each for SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan to be held in November 2020 in Delhi, in addition to the SaMaPa festivals in Jammu and Kashmir. I’m devoting round 10 hours to my analysis work, 4 to 5 hours to riyaz (music apply).

Why do you say that Kashmiri music and tradition has been distorted?

Kashmir and its tradition, sadly, has largely been described by non-Kashmiris. Thus there has at all times been a bias in writing the historical past of Kashmir, particularly music. Take for instance the santoor, the place all non-Indian historians known as it a Persian instrument that got here to India from Iran. To additional distort our historical past, many Indians, even some santoor gamers, mentioned the identical. My analysis work will set up that the Indian santoor has Kashmiri origins.

How are you bringing out the syncretic traditions of Kashmir?

Post 1990, each communities [Hindus and Muslims] misplaced the stability of communal oneness in Kashmir, as they weren’t collectively. We must develop in a mature, clever, and humane method and for that love is essential. Love comes when we’ve inside peace. Peace comes via endurance. Patience comes via artistic arts the place music performs an important function. That’s the philosophy of my life and that’s what I’m doing even via my thesis.

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