RAJ BEGUM MELODIOUS KASHMIRI SINGER IS CONFERRED PRESTIGIOUS SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY PURUSKAAR 2013....
I am happy to hear that Raj Begum ( Born 1927 ) has been conferred the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Puruskar 2013. It is the highest recognition given to practicing Artists in the fields of Drama ,Music and Dance .
With her captivating voice , this 86 years old living legend has enthralled kashmiris within and outside the state . She has sung almost all prominent poets of kashmir .Her solo songs , Duets , Group songs are a heritage treasure . From a Wedding singer, she rose to become an Icon of Culture and Music in
songs , She sang the culture of Kashmir and regaled generations of kashmiris .
I have known her since 1979. She would come for Banking related work to our Bank only. She gave enormous respect my immediate Boss and saintly person late Shamboo Nath Kaul ( From Bandipore kashmir ) with whom she confided almost every financial secret of her family. And this pious man never shared anything with any person . And one day he told me
“ If I am not in the Bank and Raj Begum comes for any work, Treat her like my sister and Help her .Sarswati flows through her mouth . ”
I did follow late Shamboo Nath Ji’s words .
Lately During my Posting as Chief ,
, I was happy to see that Raj Begum had her pension account with
our Bank only. I met her three four times later as and when she would come to draw
her pension. Retail
Banking Hub Kashmir Valley
As and when she came to the bank , she would sit for some time . She also appeared to be a little withdrawn . About the new generation of singers she said
“I am happy to see them around as some of them are quite talented and sing well. I am equally pained to find that this young generation has no knowledge of good kashmiri poetry and traditional kashmiri Instruments .”
About this award to Raj Begum Prof Jaya Parimu adds
“ She deserved this award. She is the RESHMA of kashmiri light Music ”
Waheed Jeelani ,Noted singer from
“She is an institution and inspiration too. She is melody queen of
have been honored by this award long before.... congratulations to her from the
core of my heart...”
And once I asked her about Kashmiri Musician Late Mohan Lal Aima . Pat came the reply
“ Tamiss Aissin Swarguss Munz Jaai. Gaash Ta Bahaar Aissinuss Taati . Tyoothh Zaanavoal Kattie Anoann. Khudaa Zaanie Kattie Anoakh Tim Swargvaasi ? ”
“ Let his abode be in the Swarga ( Heaven ) !Let there be light and spring season in that Swarga( Heaven ) !Where can we get learned men like him ? God knows where from we shall get men like him now .”
Saying so she wiped tears from her eyes and asked for a glass of water. She was not well. I also noticed that she was on some medicines . May she live long and be healthy .She is one amongst some surviving stars on the cultural horizon of
. A star that shines for all. A star that twinkles hope in our minds .
I end this brief post with lines from a kshmiri Gazal of poet Rasa Javidaani sung soulfully by Raj Begum…
Masharaavthuss janaana Tche Kurr yaad Peymoy Baa,
Raadhaaiy Jigruss Kaan Taarith Baal maarith Guvv,
Goopaal Krishen Kaanhaa Tse Kurr Yaad Peymoy Baa.
( Rasa Javidaani )
Love ! wilfully you have kept me away !
when Shall you remember me !
You who plays stranger to Love ,
when Shall you remember me !
Piercing arrow in Radha’s tender heart,
you move playfully away.
O Gopaala ! O
when Shall you remember me !.
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