Kashmiri music: a show of ethnicity all the way
When someone wants to see the perfect show of ethnic music, consisting of all the traditions of India then the Kashmiri music is an answer. There is a reflection of musical heritage along with the cultural inheritance of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. There is the perfect blend of the ethnic music of the regions of India and Pakistan on the music of the Kashmir. In fact since Kashmir lies in the close proximity to Eastern Asia, Central Asia and Southern Asian the music that has evolved as a unique mix of music of all these regions.
Although if the Kashmiri music is considered in totality it mostly and aptly resembles the music of Central Asia, the musical instruments and the musical scales used there.
Musical forms of the Kashmiri music
Chakri: this is one of the most famous forms of music of Kashmir. The specific feature of this music form is that it is a type of folk music very well known among the masses, and also liked by the native people of Kashmir. People here are so fond of this music because in nit the traditional instruments such as the rabab, the sarangi, the harmonium and the nout are used and when people listen to such a nice music they feel themselves connected with their land. It is so well renowned because thi8s musical form was used to tell the famous love stories of Laila-Majnun, Yousuf-Zulaikha, etc. Chakri ends with the fast notes which are played differently. A few famous Chakri players are Abdur Rasheed Hafiz, Gulam Hassan Sofi, Gulam Mohammad Dar, Gulam Nabi Sheikh
Ladishah: it is a way of singing quite different from the above form of Kashmiri music. This form of music is sarcastically sung by the singers. These songs show the contemporary situation of the surroundings in the social and political context. They are highly appreciated and liked by the listeners as they are quite humorous in nature. These songs present the truth in front of everybody and this is the reason that at times it is very tough to digest it. As a whole this form of Kashmiri music is highly significant form.
There are some more musical forms of Kashmiri music which are performed, listened and liked by the natives of Kashmir. They include Rouf or wanwun, which is a traditional dance form of Kashmir. No musical instrument is required for this and this is performed during the time of marriage. Sufiana Kalam is another musical form of Kashmir which gives it a specific place altogether. It is a classical form of music, which uses its own ragas and instruments such as tabla, sitar, wasool, along with santoor.
All these are the praised by everyone. Classical music is another form of music which is the specialty of the Hindus of Kashmir. This music is principally influenced by the classical composition of India. Instruments such as sitar are used in this. Santoor is one of the most popular musical instruments.
All the above facts show that music is lying in the roots of Kashmir and this pushes people throughout the world to come here again and again and enjoy the beauty as well as the melody of music of Kashmir.