Artists pay musical tributes to legendary singer Raj Begum, Rashid Farash

Srinagar 01 Dec 2018

JKAACL, DIPR, AWAZ organize function in Srinagar
Artists on Saturday paid musical tributes to legendary singer, Raj Begum and noted folk singer, Abdul Rashid Farash.

Srinagar: Artists on Saturday paid musical tributes to legendary singer, Raj Begum and noted folk singer, Abdul Rashid Farash.

The event was organized by Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages (JKAACL) in collaboration with Awaaz—Voice of Artist and Art lovers of Kashmir and Department of Information and Public Relations, Jammu and Kashmir Government.

Scores of prominent artists including Munir Ahmad Mir, Raja Bilal, Shazia Hamid, Zahida Taranum mesmerized audience with the famous songs of legendary Singer and Padamashree awardee, Raj Begum and Abdul Rashid Farash. Noted musician and composer, Prof Muzafar Ahmad Bhat arranged the music for the event.

“Raj Begum is the first female singer who braved all odds to come out and perform professionally. She kept music alive among womenfolk. It was only because of her efforts, women singers started pursuing music as a career,” Prof Bhat said. “This is a humble musical tribute to artists like Raj Begum ji and Farash sahib to remember and recall their contribution,” he said.

On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Abid Rashid was the chief guest and Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Hakak, Chief Editor, Urdu, JKAACL Muhammad Ashraf Tak were also present.

Noted Singer and Composer, Waheed Jeelani said that organizing such sort of events were welcoming step towards preservation of Kashmiri folk music.

“We are remembering such artists who have contributed immensely to Kashmir’s music scenario. Raj Begum is the inspiration for many aspiring singers and musicians. She has set an example in the field of music,”

“Rashid Farash was my contemporary and we started our music journey together. His soulful voice and his contribution towards music will be remembered times immemorial,” Jeelani said.

Joint Director, Information, Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Hakak, who was present on the occasion, said that DIPR has always been pro-artists and DIPR whole heartedly supports all their endeavors. He said that Department’s cultural wing has contributed immensely in promoting the folk music of the valley.

Famous singer from Chenab valley, Jehan Ara Janbaz hailed the organizers and choosing her for the award on the name of legendary singer. “She (Raj Begum) became a tehreek for music promotion among womenfolk,” she said.

Noted broadcasters, Dr Rafiq Masoodi, Shabir Mujahid, Abdal Mehjoor, filmmakers, academics, journalists and writers, students, among others attended the programme.

The organizers gave away, Raj Begum Women Empowerment Award to Jehan Ara Janbaz for her contribution in the field of Kashmiri music and special award for his contribution towards Kashmiri music was given away to noted singer, Abdul Rashid Farash (posthumously.)