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Art & Culture of Srinagar

Art & Culture of Srinagar

Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir has its distinctive form of art and culture. The people of Srinagar are known to have a great respect for their traditional ways of life. The glimpses of there eye catching art and culture can be clearly evident in its handicrafts industry. Kashmiri art has an impact of various cultures and traditions out of which some are imported from far off countries. The art and crafts of Srinagar is a combination of Mughal, Persianm and Tibetan art forms. Handicrafts of Srinagar have its own international market and the handicraft industries of Kashmir are there to meet the growing demands of the people. Pashmina shawls of Kashmir needs no introduction. Jewelry, bags, carved utensils, wooden lap shades, show pieces, cigarette cases, photo frames are always in the shopping list of the people. Hand woven carpets are always in great demand in domestic as well as in international market. Naqqashi worked garments and dress material shows the skilled hands of people of Kashmir. Hand willow baskets, paper mache boxes, Christmas decorations, vases are the finest example of Kashmiri traditions.

The culture of Jammu & Kashmir has plenteous tradition of folk music. Kashmiri music reflects the rich musical heritage and cultural legacy of the state. Chakri is one of the most popular types of folk music played in Kashmir played with musical instruments like harmonium, rabab and sarangi. Rouf is a traditional dance form usually performed by the girls on important occasions like Eid, marriages and other functions. Sufiana kalam is the classical music of Kashmir which uses its own ranges and is accompanied by santoor. These songs are composed in the form of poems. Jammu & Kashmir have this great treasure of enchanting music and dance that beckons art lovers from world over. One who visit the land of Kashmir just can not ignore the numerous and captivating forms of performing arts that have become the lifeline of the people of Kashmir.




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