Abhay Sopory, 40, from the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir’s music custom, who received the Gandhi International Peace Prize earlier this 12 months, is working in direction of finishing his thesis on the music and tradition of his house state. He’ll submit it to Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh quickly. At present at his Lodhi residence, he says he hopes to develop this right into a e book. Excepts from a telephone dialog.
How will college students of classical music, unfamiliar with Kashmiriyat (cultural values) profit from this?
My analysis work will first compel historians to revisit their opinion with regard to Kashmiri tradition. Musicians, musicologists, and different analysis students will get a brand new perception. It will result in new analysis works on Kashmiri music being analysed on the premise of info quite than opinions and illusions.
What number of hours of research and analysis you might be placing in?
I write and analysis for my thesis from 9 p.m. and it goes on until three or four a.m.. I additionally research put up lunch with temporary gaps. Proper now I’m planning to prepare festivals and artist line-up, venues, for each for SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan to be held in November 2020 in Delhi, in addition to the SaMaPa festivals in Jammu and Kashmir. I’m devoting round 10 hours to my analysis work, 4 to 5 hours to riyaz (music follow).
Why do you say that Kashmiri music and tradition has been distorted?
Kashmir and its tradition, sadly, has principally been described by non-Kashmiris. Thus there has at all times been a bias in writing the historical past of Kashmir, particularly music. Take for instance the santoor, the place all non-Indian historians known as it a Persian instrument that got here to India from Iran. To additional distort our historical past, many Indians, even some santoor gamers, mentioned the identical. My analysis work will set up that the Indian santoor has Kashmiri origins.
How are you bringing out the syncretic traditions of Kashmir?
Put up 1990, each communities [Hindus and Muslims] misplaced the steadiness of communal oneness in Kashmir, as they weren’t collectively. We have to develop in a mature, clever, and humane method and for that love is vital. Love comes when we’ve got inside peace. Peace comes by endurance. Endurance comes by inventive arts the place music performs a very powerful function. That’s the philosophy of my life and that’s what I’m doing even by my thesis.