June 14, 2020 10:32 am

Colleagues, Artists Remember Shuja’at Bukhari, Pay Musical Tribute 

Kashur Studio releases song ‘Darvesh’ on slain RK editor

Srinagar: Colleagues and Srinagar based artists on Sunday paid homage to renowned journalist and founding editor, Rising Kashmir, Shuja’at Bukhari remembering him on his second death anniversary—while as Kashur Studio released a rich musical tribute in memory of veteran journalist.

The song—Darvesh Kot Dar Khawab Gov—written by famous poet and actor, Bashir Dada is sung by journalist and Bukhari’s colleague, Nazir Ganaie. The song is composed by academic and noted music composer, Prof Muzafar Bhat and produced by Kashur Studio.

The song is edited by young filmmaker, Ishaq Bhat and designed by Sameer Bhat.

“Shuja’at wasn’t just a journalist. He had an immense contribution in the field of art and culture of the Kashmir region,” said Nazir Ganaie.

“A widely travelled person, Shuja’at carried his art and culture along—wherever he visited across the globe. On his second death anniversary, while journalists and artists paid him tributes and wrote memoirs about him and recalled his contribution in different fields—we thought of paying this musical tribute to him in a unique way,” Ganaie said.

He said that in last over three decades—Kashmir region has witnessed many ups and downs politically and lot of people lost their lives, hundreds of mothers  lost their sons, an army of half widows kept swelling across the region. He said that the song would be a tribute to all those who suffered in silence in Kashmir.

Ganaie—a senior editor with Rising Kashmir—who had nearly 12 years of association with Shuja’at, said “he (Shuja’at never differentiated between his own family and the Rising Kashmir staff.” He said he would always come forward whenever and wherever any person in the journalist fraternity would face any problems. “He would be always there to help and hold the hand in distressed situation,”

Prominent poet and actor, Bashir Dada, while writing the tribute said that Shuja’at was a multifaceted personality—with a humble heart.

“On his death I felt it as a personal loss,” he said. “He and I would have lot of agreements and disagreements—but he always appreciate good art as he was a great art lover himself,” he said.

Composer, Prof Muzafar Bhat said that Kashur Studio was humbled to feature this tribute on the personality—who has had an immense contribution in the field of journalism and art and culture.

“I was personally moved after we started working on this project. Every member did his best,” he said.

Family members of Shujaat, netizens and well-wishers of the slain editor have hailed the artists and people associated with the project.

“It was a very moving tribute. Soulfully sung by our own dear Nazir Ganaie,” said wife of Shujaat, Dr Tehmeena Bukhari.

Former minister and elder brother of Shujaat, Basharat Bukhari among others expressed their views online about the release of the tribute.

Pertinently, Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead along with two of his security guards outside his office in the Press Enclave area of Srinagar on 14 June 2018. He had survived three assassination attempts on previous occasions.




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