Sunday, June 19, 2016

Rituals of Food and Music

18th February

Muniwar, Srinagar

"Bandara" of late sufi poet Chan Rasool Mir

[text later]







Rashid Hafiz












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Friday, June 10, 2016

Abhinavagupta's cave, Beerwah, 1935


This is the account of the Bharava Cave, Beerwah, Magam Kashmir. It records the oral tradition of Kashmiris, not just pandits about the place with quoted testimony coming from a Muslim. From "Abhinavagupta: an Historical and Philosophical Study" by K C Pandey in 1935. This is much before anyone would have thought Pandits would have to one day furnish such proofs about their claims on a belief that was once commonly held by all Kashmiri. And note there is no green painted Sufi shrine there.




Previously in "Tarikh-i- Hasan" of Moulvi Ghulam Hasan Shah (1832-1898) we again read about Birwah Cave:

"Hasan says that adjacent to Qasbah Birwah, there is a cave extremely long, the end of which no one has seen. They say that there was an ascetic by the name of Anbud who entered this cave along with twelve of his pupils who were all reciters of the Vedas, but then he never came out. Inside the Cave there is a very deep well."

Interestingly, this also gives us the number of followers as twelve. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Game of Thrones Kashmir Connection


My wife doesn't like that I end up tying everything to Kashmir. But, I can't help it. It is true. Yes, everything is tied to Kashmir. Even Game of Thrones.

High Sparrow and his faith militants


[Randhir Bhan wondered] Is our good old Pheran in Game of Thrones?

Quite possible, as the designer April Ferry has worked on Ashutosh Gowariker’s upcoming firm 'Mohenjo Daro'. 

But, but...the tale it seems is more interesting. That costume was introduced to the series much earlier season. The character "High Sparrow" and his faith militants might have an even more interesting Kashmir connection.
D.B. Weiss, the screen writer for the TV series had in around 2008 written a script for a film called "Kashmir". The story revolved "around three ex-mercenaries who stumble upon information as to where a wanted terrorist will be for a short period of time. They decide to brave a trip into the volatile region between Pakistan and India to catch the terrorist and claim the $30 million bounty on his head. Each man has a different motive for taking the dangerous journey, and their loyalties are tested when the going gets rough."

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