Monday, November 11, 2013



Kashmiri Pandit women in a Marriage Function.

Photo Autar Mota ( 2013 )

They were Busy making Knol khol or Moanjji ( In kashmiri ) or Kadam ready for the cook in the marriage . I remained a little away looking towards the other side as if I had no interest in what they were doing .I saw them having their Kehwa Tea and Katlam ( Small Puffed Bread made by Kashmiri bakers ). I also saw them Gossiping while making Knol khol ready for the cook . Then they had their Noon Chaai or Sheer Chaai . Then they turned silent and were busy in their group assignment . But then three of them together kept insisting the fourth (who was eldest in the group ) to sing something . A Long sigh and a low voice started singing in her own style …….

Praaraan Praaraan Soaruuy Doah Goam
Raatus Roozum Tamissinz Aash
Addafeili Gaashe Masharaavith Goam
Hai Athha Veisiryom Shaayad Vaaessi pyom
Chanaa Rouss Pyaala Goum Khaaliye……………

( Fazil Kashmiri )

In this endless wait , My day is spent ,
And I kept longing for him all along the night ,
Yes for him who abandoned me at the crack of the dawn.
My love ! My cup slipped and dropped on the floor
And emptied itself without my drinking .

Amazing to see how our women remember these songs .I saw the singer’s eyes turning moist….

And *Fazil Sahib , You shall never die. You live in  hearts .


Fazil Kashmiri ( 1916-2004) was a multitalented kashmiri poet who is also known as Nazir Akbarabaadi of kashmiri poetry.  Born at DabTal Alikadal , an area falling in Down Town Srinagar  city , Fazil Kashmiri was a poet with  a saintly personality .To him goes the credit of translating Japji and Sukhmani sahib ( Sacred Books of Sikhs ) to kashmiri apart from writing poems in praise of Krishna and Christ . He also wrote some touching Naats ( Poems in praise of Prophet Mohammed ) and Marsiyas (Elegiac Poems written to venerate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain ). He wrote some Gazals and songs that touched height of popularity when he was alive . One such song was “Chanaa Rouss Pyaala Goum Khaaliye……………” or “My cup emptied itself without my drinking ”

His other poems that became  popular in kashmiri were  Van_Tser ( Forest Sparrow ), Kraal Koor ( Potter’s Lass ) , Pamposh ( Lotus ), Doab Baai ( washer woman ), Pahaeil Koor ( A shephard’s daughter ) and Harud ( Autumn ) etc.

( Autar Mota 11.11.2013 )

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