The young and versatile Kashmiri singer, Raashid Jahangir has received the prestigious Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi.
Raashid, a popular Kashmiri singer from Chenab valley, received the award from Tripura Governor, Tathagata Roy at a gleaming ceremony held in Agartala on Dec 7, 2015.
Raashid is the first artist of J&K to have received the prestigious award in vocal singing genre.
“It is an acknowledgement of the talent and capabilities of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir as also the rich heritage and tradition of music of the Kashmiri speaking region. I feel this will inspire our younger generation to take up music as a profession and carry forward the rich legacy of Kashmiri art and culture,” Raashid said after receiving the award.
A native of Doda town in Chenab valley, Raashid created a niche for himself in the field of Kashmiri music and vocal singing at a very young age. By blending the elements of modern and classical touch in the traditional Kashmiri music, he gave a new dimension to Kashmiri vocal singing which made him popular among youth and old alike. He has been able to infuse a whiff of freshness in Kashmiri singing, as per a connoisseur.
Raashid started singing at a very young age, went to the Institute of Music and Fine Arts, Srinagar which gave new orientation to his talent and skill. It firmly saddled him on the course. Recollecting his quest and struggles, he said it was difficult to choose music and singing in the environment that prevailed in Jammu and Kashmir and Chenab Valley during 1990s.
“Yet I went ahead to satiate my passion and with the grace of Almighty, blessings of my parents and support of my well-wishers, I achieved a lot,” he said. Rashid acknowledged the role of the poetry of Gulab Saifi, a budding poet of Chinab valley, for his name and fame.
Report by: Ali Shaida, JK Desk, Srinagar (J&K), Dec 10, 2015, firstname.lastname@example.org