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Pride of Kashmir: Meet National singing sensation Kabul Bukhari

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29 Nov 2020

29 yr old Syed Kabul Bukhari is a well known folk music singer from Karnay Kupwara. He studied at Srinagar later shifted to Mumbai for Education in the field of Music.

Associated with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages he is credited with creating and popularising the musical tradition of Kashmir in the entire globe. He usually sings accompanied by a native musical instrument resembling tongs like Tumbaknadi and Saz-e-Kashmir. His folk music is representative of the traditional folk heritage of the Jammu and Kashmir.

He achieved immense fame on his YouTube Channel.

Bukhari’s melodious voice and decorous stage presence have made him one of the favourite folk singers of Kashmir. Bukhari insists that he has always preferred singing Kashmiri songs, despite having Pahadi mother tongue.

For Kabul, music has been his calling for as long as he could remember. “I was barely six, when I used to sing along with my elder brother Syed Tariq Pardesi, during marriage ceremonies and other local events,” Kabul said. Then, he started learning harmonium and became part of his brother’s local folk band.

During the beginnings of his career, Bukhari used to participate in every event he would get chance into and to get to his instrumental jams.

Bukhari was a runner-up for Kashmir’s first-ever singing reality show, Miley Sur, in 2009-10. The show was themed to sing a Kashmiri along with a song from another language on every episode. “This talent hunt had 87 shows and I came into top 3 finalists,” he said.

Apart from singing, Bukhari does his own compositions and has a studio of his own, called KB Productions. He also sings in Gojri, Dogri, Pashtu, Panjabi and Urdu. “This all comes gradually but my main focus will be on the Kashmiri language.”

In 2015, Bukhari participated in Voice India, singing reality show, and obtained an appreciation certificate. Then he remained a finalist of Big Golden Voice Mumbai city. He also won the third position in All India Devotional Song Competition, held in Katra Jammu. Bukhari has recently received an up-gradation from All India radio as a singer artist.

Bukhari’s first Youtube hit was Dilas Dubrai Gayem. The song has 919, 700, views on YouTube and has won him a wide fan base. His numbers are so popular that some other local singers are attempting copying his style. The live shows and concerts in various places have given a new boost to Bukhari.

Some of his popular records are :

  • Saif Ul Malouk
  • Panchi
  • Ishaq 2020
  • Paan Panun
  • Pachtaogy
  • Kachi Yari
  • Dilbaro
  • Gojri Bait
  • Showreel
  • Chiyan Liye
  • Sianyah
  • Akh Mastani
  • SiHarfi
  • Duma Dum
  • Bubaree Jiyam
  • Chann
  • Kalam e Imtiaz Naseem
  • Khuda Baksh Zar Kalam

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