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Qaraar: Kashmir’s first-ever digital musical concert to unite artists across globe

Srinagar: For a while forget your miseries and tune in to Facebook for the first-ever online music concert in Jammu and Kashmir.

From Waheed Jeelani to Rashid Jahangir and from Nazir Ganai to Archana Jalali, ‘Qaraar’ will see a host of singers and musicians from Jammu and Kashmir and abroad coming together to present a musical extravaganza to cheer up the sullen souls in the lockdown on Sunday evening.

The three-hour-long show will be live-streamed on Facebook with people mostly Kashmiris living in different parts of the world joining in to connect with their roots and revive the cultural moorings.

“COVID 19 has hit every aspect of life. Art and culture too have been badly impacted. Even if the situation improves, the social distancing norms will continue for a longer period. A big assembly of people will not be allowed in the near future. Therefore, we have decided to experiment online concert to keep the art and culture alive,” said Waheed Jeelani, who is organizing the concert.

From sufiyana singers to instrumentalists, nearly six artists from Kashmir and Canada will be performing on Sunday evening.

“Archana Jalaali is a good singer who will join us from Ottawa in Canada. Rashid Jahangir will join us from Doda. Some singers will converge at studios in Srinagar. New musical sensation Ishfaq Kawa too will perform online,” said Jeelani.

Such is the enthusiasm that artists and musicians from Kashmir and outside have sent congratulatory messages to Jeelani for taking a lead in organizing the first-ever online musical concert.

“I am delighted to know that you have initiated to hold an online digital music concert. I am sure that artists who are indoors because of the COVID 19 pandemic and have no platform to perform, such an online digital concert will prove as a milestone in the field of music in Kashmir. I wish you and your whole team a great success in such wonderful endeavors,” wrote Shamima Dev Azad noted Kashmiri singer and wife of former chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, to the Qaraar team.

Bhajan Sopori,MK Raina Ashok Jailkhani and broadcasters have released promotional videos on social media to support this unique initiative.

“To start with, we are organizing a musical concert. Given the response, we plan to hold different shows every week. For example, on one Sunday we shall have an online painting exhibition, and next week we shall have online drama. This way we want to continue to connect through the virtual world,” said Jeelani.