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Chakri music of Kashmir

Chakri Music of Kashmir -The Dispatch

Kashmiri music is mainly influenced by Central Asian music, as it involves the use of the same instruments and musical scales. Various forms of music prevalent in Kashmir are Chakri, Roaf, Ladisha, Sufiana Kalam and Classical music.

Chakri is one of the most popular types of traditional music played in Jammu & Kashmir. Chakri is a responsorial song form with instrumental parts, and it is played with instruments like the harmonium, the rubab, the sarangi, the nout, the geger, the tumbaknaer and the chimta. It is performed in folk and religious spheres, by the Muslim and Hindu kashmiris. Chakri was also used to tell stories like fairy tales or famous love stories such as Yousuf-Zulaikha, Laila-Majnun, etc. Chakri ends with the rouf, though rouf is a dance form but few ending notes of Chakri which are played differently and on fast notes is also called Rouf. It is a very important part of the Henna Night (Ma’enzi raat) during weddings.

In this phorograph, you can see the famous Chakri singer of Kashmir Ghulam Mohammad Dar along with his party somewhere in 1960s.



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