Sunday, November 13, 2016

Video Dastangoi: Episode 1



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Retelling the 15th century tale of a Pandit woman who became sister of a Muslim Prince. Re-interpreting the undying symbols of mixed masala culture. This is SearchKashmir video Dastangoi Episode 1.
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Nund Rishi Image and Image of Mulla



Nund Rishi. 14-15th century. This popular image Nund Rishi comes from a manuscript dated 17th century and titled "Kashmiri Kalaam".

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The Mullas flourish on money
fests
These Sheikhs like honey
stick to wealth
The sufis half-naked
do no work
yet, enjoy
unrepentant
many scrumptious meals

None pursue knowledge,
It’s all just another game
these selves
unrestrained

Seen them lately?
Catch them live
Try this old trick:
Announce a grand feast,
from pulpit
now watch
This Mulla run to the Masjid
"Run sick Mulla! Run!
Run to your Masjid."

Friday, November 4, 2016

of hair and cut



A group of kids. 1950s. Kashmir.

The thing to note in the photograph is a glimpse of ancient pre-islamic Kashmir. Notice the kid in the front with the partial tonsure. The one with Ronaldo cut.

Tarikh-i-Kabir of Muhammad-ud-Din Fauq (1892) mentions that muslim kids just like non-muslim kids used to grow a tuft of hair on the crown of their head. This hair used to be later shaved off on a particular day, at some shrines (like at Baba Rishi near Gulmarg), and the event was much celebrated (zarakasai). The tuft was known as Shika (Sanskrit), topp ("cap" in Kashmiri) or bichur ('tuft' as in Bil-bichur like of Bulbul).

The act of having tonsure was and is common in eastern religions.


In Islam, there are hadith against keeping partial tonsure. As the Kashmiri Muslim society moved closer to following a more literal and puritan version of Islam, the practise disappeared

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