Scholars to deliberate on Synthesis of Ragas, Maqam in Kashmiri Musical Culture

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CCAS KU international seminar from June 21

Srinagar – Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS), University of Kashmir, Srinagar in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata is organizing an International Seminar on musical traditions of Kashmir valley and their connectivity with Indian Raga and Central Asian Maqam tradition entitled ” Synthesis of Raga and Maqam in Kashmiri Musical Culture” at Centre of Central Asian Studies, University of Kashmir, Srinagar on June 20-21, 2013.

Mohd Akbar Lone, Minister of Higher Education, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, is inaugurating the conference at 11:30 a.m. on 20th June 2013. Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir is presiding over the Inaugural Session. Giving details Prof. Aijaz A. Bandey Director CCAS said that the seminar aims to investigate unique character of Kashmiri Sufiyana Kalam in contexts of interrelations between Indian and Central Asian music in maqam- ragas phenomenon and role of musical instruments which are connected with rendering of professional (art) music, through analysis of contemporary musical traditions of Indian Ragas, Central Asian Shashmaqom and Uyghur’s Muqam.

The experts participating in the seminar are from within the country and abroad particularly Uzbekistan, Japan, France and U.K. He added. Prof Banday said that India and Central Asia are coming closer in almost every field but one must admit that, Raga, Maqam and musical interrelations between India and Central Asia have received relatively little attention so far . He informed that the seminar will be a step towards bringing forth the memories of Kashmir’s centuries old musical interrelations with Central Asia. One of the attractions of the seminar will be, screening the documentary of Mr. M. K. Raina about Sufiyana Kalam.

He said Dr. Tareak A. Rather Coordinator conferences CCAS KU has asked interested scholars and students are requested to participate in the Seminar and benefit from the expertise of scholars of repute on the subject.

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