“Use of 2nd-Grade and Machine-made Material Brought Bad name to Kashmiri Handicraft”, a Washer-man

Kashmir’s handcrafted pashmina shawls could soon be a thing of the past. The proliferation of machine-made pashmina products has become a big threat to the livelihood of the state’s artisans who have been spinning and weaving pashmina for ages. According to the Jammu and Kashmir handicraft department, the export of pashmina shawls fell from Rs […]

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Intense Media Censorship Forces a Cartoonist Quit his Job in Kashmir

In May 2019, Suhail H. Naqshbandi quitted his job of a cartoonist in a leading English Newspaper ‘Greater Kashmir’ after he suffered constant censorship. “I started cartooning from the year 1998. My cartoons were published under the title “Inside Out” in the Greater Kashmir newspaper. It was my first editorial cartoon’s title. Then I left […]

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Meet Young & Passionate Self-Taught Artists From Kashmir

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali Basit and Bisma are two young and talented Artists from Kashmir who express their thoughts through their Art. Basit Faraz, a 19-year-old boy student of class 12th lives in Fateh Kadal Srinagar and is a budding sketch artist. He was inclined towards this art since childhood, […]

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Needle Workers in Kashmir Bearing the Brunt: Demands Increase in Pay

Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Article By: Grace Jolliffe In Kashmir, needleworkers are selling their shawls at half of its worth. Lack of markets and the role of middlemen, forcing them to work for meager pay.  Bashir Ahmed is a Sozni kaem (needlework) artisan from Kashmir. When his father died, he took care of his […]

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A Migrant Kashmiri’s Tribute to Kashmir

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali Meanka Handu is a Pundit migrant from Kashmir who currently lives in Delhi. Meanka has reared her Kashmir culture and makes comedy videos in Kashmir language, hoping that she could save her Kashmiri culture and promote it too through Social media. Pouring out her love for […]

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Shahid Rashid: Making Kashmiri Designs Global

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Article By: Nusrat Ali Shahid Rashid Bhat, 23-year-old boy, a young model and fashion designer from Pulwama is on the mission to reinvent Kashmiri traditional attires and make them fashionable again. He is the first designer from the valley who is designing clothes for celebrities. He is best known for […]

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Woman Started a New Age Brand to Promote Kashmiri Culture

Video By: Rayees Ahmad | Report By: Nusrat Ali In a bid to encounter westernization and promote Kashmiri culture, a woman, Sama Beg of South Kashmir’s Anantnag has started her brand of clothes and accessories named “Koshur Wear”, which has become a trendsetter within a few months of the journey. Sama says the mission is […]

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Mohammad Yousuf – Mute Artist With Golden Hands

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali Mohammad Yousuf Muran, in his fifties from Narwara Srinagar is a brilliant example of inspiration. He and his elder brother late Abdul Ahad Muran was deaf and mute from birth. Both brothers started learning wood carving and wood art designs on walnut wood from a young […]

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Young Kashmiri Revives Traditional Musical Instrument

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Article By: Nusrat Ali The Rabab, as we know it today, is believed to be a newer version of the rabab mentioned in historical texts. Also known as the Kabuli Rabab, the instrument is the national instrument of Afghanistan, from where it made its way into India and was adopted by the […]

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Haleema Qadri – An Illiterate Kashmiri Female Poet of Budgam

Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Article By: Nusrat Ali Haleema Qadri is a 43 year old woman from central Kashmir’s Budgam district. She has never gone to school, never held a pen but has come up with her fine collection of Kashmiri poetry. She was born in a poor family of Sugin village in Khag […]

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