Monday, January 18, 2016

WHEN HIGH LEVEL IRANIAN PRESS DELEGATION HEARD KASHMIRI SUFIANA MUSIC IN SRINAGAR



                                                                          



 (KASHMIRI SUFIANA MUSICIANS PREPARING FOR A CONCERT TO BE PRESENTED BEFORE THIS DELEGATION. YOU CAN SEE YOUNG  TIBBETBAQAL  SAHIB ..)


IN FEB 1953, TOP IRANIAN PRESS DELEGATION VISITED INDIA .THIS DELEGATION ALSO VISITED KASHMIR . 

This delegation was well received in kashmir.The members of this delegation visited Mughal Gardens, Dal Lake, Pahalgham , Gulmarg , Baramulla and Ganderbal. At Baramulla , they visited the Place where Maqbool Sherwani was  brutally killed  by Tribal raiders in 1947 . They were  told stories of   the Death and  Destruction that visited the Town during Tribal Raid  . They also heard stories of  killings and   Brutal rapes  by  tribal raiders at Mission Hospital Baramulla .
                                                                           
                                     ( The Delegation with Sheikh Mohd Abdullah )
                                                                               
                                  ( At Maqbool Sherwani's Memorial Baramulla )
                                                                          
                                    ( Listening to the story of  Brutal attack  of Mission Hospital Baramulla by Tribal Raiders in 1947 )

                                                                                 

                                         ( Visit to Jhelum Ghaat in  Srinagar City )

A special sufiana Music recital  by Mohd Abdullah Tibbetbaqaal and party was also organised in honour of the Guests from Iran.

About  Sufiana Music of kashmir  Prof Jaya Parimu adds :

“ In kashmir ,there have been some Sofiana Mousiqui  Gharaana's the doyen of these classical form of kashmiri /Persian singing style with their distinct characteristics that  have been performing despite being on the verge of extinction.
A few Gharaanas which have sustained the onslaught of neglect are......
(1). Sidhjoo Ramzanjoo Gharaana.

(2)Qaleenbab Gharaana

(3)Namtahaali Bijbihara Gharaana

(4)Baqaal Ghraana.

These were well known to me till 1990. Later on in 2009, I had a chance of listening to Saznawaaz (despite his Asthmatic breathlessness and  his son and others were on accompaniment. He belonged to Sidhjoo.....Gharaana.

I also attended young female and male students learning at Qaaleenbab institution of Mosiqui established by Ustad Qaaleenbaab's grand sons.

  At a private function, I  was thrilled to listen to Namathaali Bijbihara, a  programme of pure sofiana Mousiqui.
 I Haven't so far noticed Baqaal disciples . But yes ,   I may  add that Late Sheikh Abdul Aziz who wrote like Bhatkhande and Vishnu Digamber Notation of Muqaams (raagas) of sofiana as "KOSHUR SARGAM" and one Noor -Din also wrote book on sofiana Mousiqui. Both were ustad Baqaal's disciples.

No one has written a book on Gharaanas of Sofiana Mousiqui. Had I continued living in Srinagar I would have taken up this project after retirement. I suggested to  many of my students to go for this work as little is left with this art form.Saznawaz also passed away and one of his promising son had passed away during turmoil.


  Late Mohd Abdullah  Tibbetbaqaal had a sweet and sonorous voice quality. He always represented Sofiana Mousiqui outside Kashmir before dignitaries.I have been a great admirer of Sidhjoo Ramzanjoo style of singing.My library has many CD's of Muqaams of Saznawaz.With his death Sofiana Mousiqui lost a gem of a singer and player .Sofiana has a distinction of being a pure classical form of music with proper Raagas (Muqaams) and tala (rhythmic) system. Its instruments are Santoor,Sitar,Saz-i-kashmir and Dukra or tabla.Unique and distinct.Rich in its own way.Maximum names of Muqaams and Talas are like Indian classical music.It is a vast subject and has lost validity to some extent.Whatever is left is being revived as I see in Srinagar.We haven't heard another Baqaal style Mousiqaar also. Sad but an open truth.”

( Autar Mota )

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