Kashmiri boy inspires youth to learn traditional musical instrument Rabab

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]Jun 27 (ANI): Adnan Manzoor, the youngest Rabab artist from Jammu and Kashmir, has taken the valley’s traditional music to a global platform via social media and has become an inspiration to young people in the valley.

Manzoor was only 15 when he started playing the Rabab, a lute-like instrument, but his fascination with the instrument only increased after learning the guitar.

Today, at 21, Manzoor is the youngest and most famous Rabab player in the valley, and his social media videos have millions of views.

“As an artist, every Kashmiri has to struggle because there are no platforms here. That’s why I started using social media as such. I incorporated the traditional instrument into the music of Bollywood and even metal music,” Manzoor told ANI.

He further added that his cover of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Tumhe Dillagi” has been viewed over three million times.

He told ANI that Rabab should be tuned according to the raag of the song one wants to play, unlike the guitar. “The instrument is very difficult compared to the guitar,” he said.

Speaking about the future of the instrument, Manzoor said, “I get emails and messages from people who want to learn Rabab. I want the tradition to continue and if I am the inspiration, I would be delighted to be one. I think it is better for young people to turn to sports and music rather than drugs.

He further stated that he has performed in Mumbai and Delhi before and has other projects in the pipeline but due to the COVID-19 pandemic all of them have been pushed from the venue. before.

The Rabab, as we know it today, is considered to be a new version of the Rabab mentioned in historical texts. Also known as the Kabul Rabab, the instrument is the national instrument of Afghanistan, from where it entered India and was adopted by the people of Kashmir.

It is believed to be the ancestor of other subcontinental instruments like the sarod and sarangi. However, centuries after its adoption, only a handful of musicians play the instrument and struggle to keep the tradition alive. (ANI)

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