‘People used to cry with joy listening to us. That does not happen anymore’ – Kashmiri Sufis

Srinagar, January 14: With modernization being infused in all the parts of life in Kashmir Valley, the local traditions are gradually losing their value. More and more people are getting engaged with the modern genres of music, the rich cultural Sufi music of Kashmir has lost its sheen.

The traditional Sufi Music of Kashmir has previously been associated with religion and local customs and of the region but now it is not that famous among the modern generation of Kashmir. According to famous vocalist Kifayat Faheem from Srinagar who has also been the student of Indian Classical Music, the traditional sufi music of Kashmir was the mixture of Persian and Indian classical music. It was introduced in the region with the foundation of Islam in 16th century.

Another artist from Kashmir, Mushtaq Sazanawaz is 50 years old and belongs to seventh generation Sufi musicians. He lives in the Safa Kadal locality of Srinagar’s old city. He believes that the traditional sufi music can cure a person and the most simple way to realise God.

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