Abhay Sopori, 40, from the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir’s music custom, who received the Gandhi International Peace Prize earlier this yr, is working in the direction of finishing his thesis on the music and tradition of his residence state. He’ll submit it to Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh quickly. Presently at his Lodhi residence, he says he hopes to develop this right into a guide. Excepts from a cellphone 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. This may result in new analysis works on Kashmiri music being analysed on the premise of information relatively than opinions and illusions.
What number of hours of examine 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 examine publish lunch with temporary gaps. Proper now I’m planning to arrange 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 all the time 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, stated 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?
Publish 1990, each communities [Hindus and Muslims] misplaced the stability of communal oneness in Kashmir, as they weren’t collectively. We have to develop in a mature, clever, and humane means and for that love is vital. Love comes when we now have inside peace. Peace comes via persistence. Endurance comes via 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 via my thesis.