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Valo Valo Kavoe
A page from our upcoming children's book Valo Valo Kavoe, in Kashmiri.
Bishti Bishti Byaro Hoon Ho Aav!
We had our first Kashmiri Music Concert in the USA, starting in April, 2015. Three young and talented musicians from Kashmir, were joined by two equally talented musicians from Chicago. They performed in six US cities, Washington DC, Ellicott City MD, New Rochelle NY, Los Angeles CA, Dallas TX and Buffalo NY. Irfan, Bilal and Mahmeet came to US for the first time. Habib Wardak and George joined them in all the Concerts. Habib played the Rabab and George accompanied them on Tumbakh. Irfan and Bilal are multi instrumentalists. Bilal has been playing flute and Harmonium.Irfan plays the Guitar, Rabab, Oudh and Tumbakh. Mahmeet Syed is an accomplished vocalist.
Funkar International is ready to host it"s first Kashmiri International Concert, on December 28, at The Gathering Place, Clarksville, MD.Musicians from Chicago and Kashmir will blend the tunes of the world in perfect unison. Music transcends boundaries!
Funkar International will host it's first Kashmiri Music Concert in USA. The first Concert will take place in Clarksville Maryland. From Kashmir we have invited Irfan, Bilal and Mahmeet. They will be joined by Ronnie Malley , Habib Wardak and George Lawler from Chicago. They are members of the Intercultural music group called Llama Jamal, a known name in the Chicago area. Funkar International worked with these musicians on our CD The Journey of Music.
We are hosting the Concert on December 28 at 6PM at The Gathering Place, Clarksville, MD
In May 2013 Funkar International comissioned Habib Wardak, an Afghan American rababist to revive the use of rabab in Kashmir. Habib spent six weeks in Srinagar and collaborated with the Mizraab School of Music. He created a curriculum for the school and introduced the use of western notation for all instruments.
On June 1 Habib, with the help of Irfan, Bilal and Zaheen ( local Kashmiri mysicians and teachers) organized a concert which took place in the Allama Iqbal Auditorium at the Kashmir University. Habib mesmerized the audience with his skillful rabab repoitere. The concert also became a recital for the forty students of the Mizraab School of Music. The students ranged from 8 years old to 20 and above.