|The Maamu, and the Tulri|
Now, these two gentlemen are really outstanding flagbearers of contemporary Kashmiri culture.
|Naseem Ul Haq 'Raju' Batt|
|Gulab Saifi, poet, works the brooding look|
Both young artists, still not as popular [possibly because they are Pahari, not Valley based?] as some of the other names we hear in Kashmiri music... but their time has come. In music and shaairi circles, these gents are well-known and respected in their fields. The common Kashmiri hasn't heard of them yet. WE MUST CHANGE THIS! Inquilaab!
|Oh, you know. Just the family.|
|Ext. left [black jacket] - Gulab Saifi; ext. right [grey jacket] - Raju|
I decided to try livestreaming the whole performance and what do you know, it worked. Minor glitches here and there but overall, managed to get a live video of the whole Kashmiri music night deal up live.
Please click here to view recordings from the Mehfil E Moseeqi at Chez Haji. Three videos lined up under the main screen. The magic started around 11pm and the last song wound up at 0445hrs. Live broadcast went more or less okay. Unfortunately less than half got recorded online. Will scrounge around from various phones and other cameras for missing segments.
|Ma [center], flanked by Khaala [r] and Maami|
You will hear me typing, you will see Maamu enthrall the audience and you will hear embarrassing exchanges in between songs that we as a family, collectively, thought were funny then, but now - not so much. If you understand Kashmiri, forgive us our lameness.
Highlights of the night:
|Maamu: KYA BAAT HAI! BOHUT ACCHE!|
|Raju/Maamu make a funny at Gulab Sb.|
4. Packed house. And pretty laydiesss, as required by any concert.
|Tabalchi Bhai, tak dhin dhin tak|
I mean to work on song videos from the night, with translations and subtitles, and put them up on YouTube some time in the near future. Should be fun. Can do with help on the subbing. Let me know which of you want to do a song or two.