Kashmir cultural show a blend of tradition and modernity
A one of its kind cultural show held here over the weekend, attracted people from all walks of life, including tourists.
The objective of the event was to revive Kashmiri roots and make the people aware of its tradition and culture, as they are gradually drifting towards modernisation.
The fashion show was the highlight of Saturday evening, where male models walked the ramp wearing pherans.
The evening included Kashmiri music, culture, dress and food.
"You would have seen the folk music programme today; Zubair Khan had come. So, we are focusing on folk music as well and Kashmiri handicrafts, which are famous all over the world. We are trying to promote that," said Sarfaraz Ahmed, one of the organisers.
The show inculcated them with a spirit to revive their own identity.
"This has a lot of importance. In Kashmir, people are forgetting their culture and moving towards westernization. So, we want that the youth to be aware of our culture and our roots," said Abid, a participant.
Such events are aimed to increase the tourist influx in the valley. The event "Saen Meeras" or "Our Tradition", defined by the organizers as a "journey of culture, music and attire" was held at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), located on the banks of the Dal Lake on the edge of Zabarwan mountains. The event was organized by 'Arachnid Studio' and 'Wilson and Royals.
Kashmir has a rich cultural heritage and Kashmiris are known for their hospitality.
The book Rajtarangani contains 4000 years of Kashmir's factual history.
In the beginning of 14th century Sufi cult started in Kashmir. A Sufi saint from Hamdaan (Iran), Syed Ali Hamdani (Shah-e-Hamadaan), came to Kashmir alongwith 700 followers in 1372, Kashmiris accepted their spiritual discourses and sermons and converted to Islam.
The "Rishi" tradition dates back to the middle of 14th century, founded by Sheikh Nooruddin Wali (Sheikh-ul-Alam). The spiritual association was also the result of teachings of a saint poetess of Kashmir, Lal Ded.