Friday, January 11, 2019

MUHHAMAD ASHRAF : THE UNSUNG COMPOSER FROM KASHMIR


                                                                                     



 Late Muhammad Ashraf... Unsung Music Composer Radio Kashmir Srinagar.

" Darshan Dokh tchali Tribhuvan Laalai
..... Pamposh Maalai Traavai Nael.."


This Leela touched heights of popularity when Vijay Malla sang it .It was a Radio kashmir production. Not many people know that when Muhammad Ashraf composed music for this leela, he had specifically requested for using Vijay Malla's voice. The music matched the intensely devotional feelings conveyed by the leela.

Two other compositions of Late Muhammad Ashraf that he did for vijay Malla are:

1 Zindaa Rozana baapat Chhe maraan luuk.
2 Na draav Natchini hawas kaanh 

As i look back, i find some more songs composed to perfection by this unsung Maestro Muhhamad Ashraf. A great player of Harmonium . He was an ace football player and definition of a gentleman.

About him Prof. Jaya Parimu writes :

Unassuming , simple , true to purity and sweetness of music ,his compositions became hit and luckily Vijay Malla became almost like his muse . I often called him to play harmonium as accompanist along with other instrumentalists for musical features staged before dignitaries in college auditorium. Never flaunted his creative self , remained obedient to seniors ,same as great masters remain unsung and unknown working under "naami-garaami" composers .May God rest his soul in peace .”

 Syed Zeeshan Fazil writes :

“Muhammad Ashraf from Bagwanpora Barbarshah was an employee of JK Road Transport Corporation .He was a versatile football player and was playing for Transport foot ball team as a player with Farooq Ahmad, M yousf Dar and others in late 60's. He had a passion for Kashmiri music which brought him to Radio Kashmir and joined the company on Nasarullaha Khan, Gh.Nabi sheikh and many other male/ female artists of RK. .He composed numerous songs for the singers of the valley which earned lot of name and fame at a time when Radio used to be the voice of the valley. The most famous Ghazal of Fazil Kashmiri " Az ti ma Aaham " By Muneer Ahmad Mir was also composed by him. During mid 80's he composed many Kashmiri songs for Doordarshan "Abshaar" when I was its producer. Ashraf Sahib. was a lovely human being, Very soft and gentle. His untimely death was a great loss to Kashmiri music world. May his soul rest in peace.”

Peace be to your soul. 


(Avtar Mota)


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