Table of Contents
   Index
   About the Author
   Foreword
   Preface
   Acknowledgements
   Ancient Kashmir
   The Traditional Music
   Instruments Used
   Some Famous Songs
   Bibliography
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Koshur Music

An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri

Panun Kashmir

Milchar

Symbol of Unity

 
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Some Famous Songs with Text and Notation

Hindu Vanvun
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The first line begins with the prayer to Lord Ganesha for His benign grace. Blessings, for the occasion are expected from goddess Bhavani. The next line describes about the Kanyadaan being performed by the father and offerings received by the Brahmins on the occasion of girl's marriage.

Notation: (Raga Des)

Muslim Vanvun
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This marriage chorus is sung by Muslim women at the time of girl's marriage. The lines are addressed to the bridegroom who is arriving. These lines imply that the jeep in which the bridegroom is coming is made of gold and its handle is made of iron. The groom seems to be looking like the 'Tehsildaar' (the Tehsildaar held the position of the king of the area). He is coming from the jungle. Next line gives the description of his shoes and pants. He is looking gorgeous and has been enchanted by the beauty of the fairy, i.e. the bride.

Notation: (Raga Todi)

Veegya Vacchan
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This folk song is sung at the time of marriage and yagnopavit. The love and affection of the mother-in-law for her daughter-in-law is shown in these lines. The mother­-in-law wants to gift various gold ornaments to her daughter-in-law and calls her a nightingale, out of affection.
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The lad is affectionately addressed as the 'Parrot', who has been taken to the river after the yagnopavit.
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Ruf
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This is 'RUF'. The lady is showing utter sacrifice for the lost lover. He has gone to some far-off country. If he continues to do so then she will forgo all social traditions and follow him wherever he is. She has sacrificed her entire youth for his sake.
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Hikat Gyavun
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The song is sung by small girls while playing. The love of brother and sister is reflected in this song. The brother has disappeared. The sister asks other friends, if any one of them has seen her brother.
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Van
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The dead person is praised for his achievements while living.
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Lalnavun
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The first line perhaps implies that the child is a priceless gift of God, which has put the mother to shame, i.e. she feels overwhelmed by his bounty. This song embodies a mixture of many shades of thought and feel­ing-Sufi mysticism, fondling of the child by the mother and attitude to God.
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The mother addresses the darling child that he is as precious for her as the earring hanging in her ear. She will make him swing in the cradle and the cradle will swing like a lady's ear ring.
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Notation: (Raga Bilawal)

 
Ladishah
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The song depicts the reaction of the public in Kashmir on seeing the aeroplane for the first time.
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Chhakar
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These lines depict the agony of a young lady whose lover has gone away. The background shows various plants, trees and water-falls where she is giving vent to such feelings and also refers to the taunts she has to bear from another lady in her man's life. The 'Parrot' has been used as a metaphor for the lover.
 
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(Raga Jaijaiwanti)

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This song is sung at the time of girl's marriage. The enthusiasm of the girl at the time of the arrival of the bridegroom is depicted in these lines. She is addressing her friends that her early youth has been full of excitement and fervour and the day has finally come when the bridegroom is arriving.
 
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The song is romantic. The lover has been separated from the beloved, who has since been shedding tears and listening to the taunts given by the 'other lady' of the man. The value of the lover for the beloved is as precious as the pearl garland.
 
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(Raga Des)

Soofiana
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The mistress is addressing her friend "Tell him of me, O friend nymph! We would join friendship. Bring Him here. Tell Him of me. Bring Him here. I would offer my lamentation to Him."
 
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Lover is addressing the beloved "come O Beloved Join friendship with me. For thy love, my love is lamenting."
 
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(Raga Durga)

 

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