Breaking stereotypes, youth turn to music in Kashmir
On a lazy Sunday morning, a group of youngsters are reciting sargam inside a well-laid out room in a congested locality in the Srinagar outskirts. Unmindful of the situation outside, the boys and girls are trying their hands on harmonium and guitar to make the atmosphere lively.
For the last one year, this room in the double story house in Bemina is a home for a makeshift musical academy. For famous singer Irfan Nabi who is band of well known IBM band, it was a conscious decision to convert his home into a musical academy to teach music to youngsters in the present situation.
“The situation outside is very bad. We can’t take building on rent. Also, people in several localities object to music and they do not give rooms on rent for this purpose. But I was adamant to teach the youngsters music and therefore decided to spare one room of our house for this purpose. Here no one objects to what we do,” said Irfan.
Music is still not viewed favorably in the conservative society of Kashmir. However, more and more youngsters are breaking the social stereotypes to give it a try. That is why from students to professionals, from boys …read more