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How A Band Featured In Coke Studio Pakistan Is Winning Hearts In The Valley

A rendition of poet Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor's classic, "Ha Gulo" is the th first Kashmiri song to be featured on Coke Studio Exp­lorer, an initiative by the Pakistani franchise of ­music platform Coke Studio.

How A Band Featured In Coke Studio Pakistan Is Winning Hearts In The Valley
Longing Ode |
How A Band Featured In Coke Studio Pakistan Is Winning Hearts In The Valley
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2018-07-21T10:41:03+05:30

Ha gulo tuhi ma sa vuchwun yaar muen
Bulbuloo tuhi tchandtoun dildaar muen

O flower, have you seen my love? O bulbul, you search for my belo­ved. So sang the poet 78 years ago, as a valley writhed amid the tum­ultuous twilight of its ancien rég­ime.  And recently, so also sang Altaf Ahmad Mir, 55, a singer based in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakis­tan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The well-loved lines of Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor (1887–1958) found musical exp­ression when Mir and his band, Qas­amir, were featured on Coke Studio Exp­lorer, an initiative by the Pakistani franchise of ­music platform Coke Studio that seeks to unearth div­erse and undiscovered talent. And alt­hough the accents of PoK are poles apart from the Kashmiri spoken in the Valley, leading Kashmiri singers, young and old alike, say the band’s rendition—performed by musicians who have their roots in the Valley, using traditional instruments—captures the essence of Kashmiri...

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