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Description: An ancient repository of the arts, the culture of Jammu & Kashmir is closely linked with the lifestyles of its people. In the aesthetic environment of their homesteads, all items of daily use and all furnishings are created with the help of cottage industry crafts, mostly within the house itself. The beautiful carpets, the carved walnut furniture, the delicately embroidered shawls, papier mache objets d' art, silver and gold jewellery and the beautiful samawar are all expressive of the art the people of the region bring to their daily lives.

The communities are largely agrarian based, and in the simple village lifestyles of the people of the state, governed by changing seasons, adaptation to natural conditions has been an essential aspect. This then has dictated the proliferation of the cottage crafts, the development of a classic cuisine, and resulted in a strong faith in religion and in the simple religious beliefs of the people.

Though the state's artisans go back to several generations, the arts gained eminence with the advent of the Muslim rulers to the state. A great exchange took place between the two cultures of which historian Sir J. Marshall recounts, "Seldom in the history of mankind has the spectacle been witn-essed of two civilizations, so vast and so strongly developed, yet so radically dis-similar, as the Hindus and Muslims, meeting and mingling together."
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dlangoo
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Join Date: 02.05.2004
Comments: 39
Arts deteriorated during Muslim rulers
Women folks have recently stepped into the dancing form of Bach-e-nagma. It was during Muslim rule that arts specially dance had the most worst times because artistes were confined to Darbars for performances though prostitution became a controlled school where some of the dance forms remained but with the time almost all the dance forms in Kashmir vanished for the only reason that gradually people started hating arts and artists for such reasons. It was till our childhood that Arts regained Eminance again because of lots of sacrifice given by so many great artists in their respective fiellds.
The historic mentions of Hansa and Nagmati too were court danseuse but during that time arts were on peak but the emergence of Muslim rulers destroyed everything. Even today KAshmiri music leaving a few is not on the list of great contributors. There is lot to be acheived in this direction.
23.02.2009 05:42 Offline dlangoo dlangoo at yahoo.co.uk
dlangoo
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Gul Gulshan Gulfam 1990
We remember when Hasina Akhtar danced on the song sung by our Miltsar group-Roni Mati Myani Yawan Chooro Lo Khoni Lalvath KArai Ha Gooru Gooro Lo. Amid stone peltting in Srinagar we reached to the spot and this song was filmed in a House boat.
23.02.2009 05:45 Offline dlangoo dlangoo at yahoo.co.uk