At Makai Point, Kashmiri Lyrics Blend With Western Beats23 September 2011
Srinagar: A clear sunset, the glow of chinars and the serenity of Dal Lake had a fusion with music, as a group of young of Kashmiri musicians tried a union of Kashmiri poetry with the western scores. ‘Saaz te Awaaz’ a fusion concert on banks of Dal Lake saw performances of Kashmiri young musicians amid the smoke and smell of corn at Makai Point here on Boulevard. The show was organized by Flamingo Institute of Music and jointly sponsored by Funkar International (USA based) and Soundkraft Studio, Srinagar. “The aim of the event is to preserve the dying Kashmiri language through music” said Director Funkar International, Asmat Ashai. She said, “Youth identify themselves with music so let us use their spirit to preserve the dying Kashmiri language.” Lamenting on the fading situation of the language she said, “Our mother tongue is our identification but this language is losing its grip over Kashmiri youth with each passing day. It is unfortunate that even our kids are running away from it.” Meanwhile a musical album ‘Saazuk Safar’ a musical journey from USA to Kashmir was also released on the occasion. The album has been produced in USA and the songs are sung by famous American singer, Ronnie Malley in Kashmiri language. The music concert mesmerized scores of tourists, both domestic and foreign along with people from different walks of life were mesmerized who had gathered at Boulevard to witness the event.