Meet Kashmir’s ‘Bacche Koutt’ – ‘Dancing Man’ who Dresses Like Women and Performs

Video By: Abid Salam | Article By: Nusrat Ali A ‘Bacche koutt’ Mohamad Ashraf father of five children is still trying to keep the age old tradition of singing and dancing alive in Baramulla, despite facing harsh criticism. For doing this dance especially in wedding parties, Ashraf wears women attire. He still has enthusiasm to […]

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Aspiring Singer from Kupwara Lacks Opportunities to make a Career

Video By: Pir Azhar | Article By: Sajad Rasool Showkat Ahmad Zargar of Kupwara is an aspiring self taught singer who wants to make his career in Music and Singing. But due to the lack of possible opportunities in Kashmir he feels his dreams will be shattered. According to Showkat, Government shall offer platform to […]

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BadruNissa – Expressing Sufi Thought through Paintings

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Text By: Sajad Rasool Badr-un-Nisa Bhat, a 20 year old girl and a student from Srinagar is an inspiration for all. Badr began making paintings at a very young age, she is influenced by Sufi traditions and teachings and has vast knowledge about it. She not only sketches whirling dervishes […]

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Bandipora is Grooming Young Sports Champions

Video By: Aneesa Hamid | Text By: Sajad Rasool A seven year old boy, Hashim Mansoor of Bandipora district won gold in Asian Youth Karate Championship. Hashim won the gold medal by defeating his Sri Lankan rival. Bandipora Kashmir has emerged in news after 8-year-old girl, Tajamul Islam of Bandipora won gold medal in world […]

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Return of the Needle – This Kashmiri Duo is Reviving Kashmir’s ‘Dying Art’ Innovatively

Video By: Nadiya Shafi | Text By: Sajad Rasool Omaira and Binish, the young duo from Srinagar has been receiving applauds for an endevour to revive the old hand made art of Kashmir. Private teachers by profession, Binish Bashir and Omaira Qayoom established Craft World Kashmir- An online ordering shop of crochet bootees, key chains, […]

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Traditional Bone-Settler, ‘Wartten Gor’ of Budgam

Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Text By: Sajad Rasool Traditional bone setting is quite popular in India. Traditional bone setters (TBS) are one of the largest specialist groups practicing traditional medicine in Kashmir. These are the indigenous specialists who have never been to any medical college but are able to treat many orthopedic problems effectively. […]

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Hand Made Carpet Art on Decline in Kashmir

Video By: Sajad Shah | Text By: Sajad Rasool Kulgam, Kashmir: The Handmade carpets of Kashmir are world famous. But with the introduction of machine made carpets, the demand for this exquisite matting from Kashmir has saw decline in demand. The old carpet makers are finding it difficult to find new trainees for this craft.This […]

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Floods could not Dampen the Determination of these Kashmiri Craftswomen

Video By: Aneesa Hamid | Text By: Shafat Mir | 10 June 2016 The 2014 flooding in Kashmir wreaked havoc all across the Valley causing damages in Trillions. A group of local artisans in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district were not left untouched by those devastating floods. These craftswomen had established their units for producing hand […]

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