BACHNAGMAA AT AHARBAL WATER FALL KASHMIR .
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This form of dance known as Bachnagma ( A male dancing in female dress ) was popularized in Kashmir during the reign of King Zain Ul Abdin (1420 – 1470 AD ) popularly known as Budshah ( The Great King ). Even the extinct Hafiz-nagma ( female dance accompanied by Sufiana music) was also started and popularized by King Zain Ul Abdin in Kashmir . This great king was a connoisseur of music and fine arts . By temperament he as more liberal than the Mughal emperor Akbar.He gave royal patronage to men of Art and letters . He himself was an accomplished poet writing in Persian and kashmiri under a pseudonym QATAI . Here are two lines from a kashmiri poem composed by king Zain Ul Abdin…
Zaaveull Qamar Aaveull Badan Shokuss chaman zokuss chhu ban
Yaaduk Sezurr Raadukk Thazar farshuss Chhu Kunn Arshuss chhu Thumm..
He had renowned scholars in his court. I quote a few ;Mulla Ahmed , Shreevar, Jonaraja , Bhat Avtaar , Yodha Bhat , Baba Shukr Ud din , Baba Baam ud din,baba Nasar Ud din and som pandit .
This group in phtographs danced at AHARBAL Water Fall on 8-7-2012 on a composition of kashmiri Poet Rasul Mir. They performed a mix of Bhangra ( Punjabi ) and Bachnagma ( Kashmiri ) dance . The Ghungroos in their feet made an striking sound of CHHUMM - CHHUMM all over near the water fall.
" THUSS GOAM HAANKALI DRASAA GOAM BARRIYE
TSUSS GOAM VAALINJI YAAR MAA AAV
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