In a world where modern musical instruments have dominated the music industry, some musicians still prefer to play traditional instruments to revive their legacy. One such musician is Mohammad Iqbal Shah, a passionate Sarangi player from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, who has dedicated his life to stirring the traditional melodies of Kashmiri Sufi music. In a talk with DNN24, Mohammad Iqbal Shah reveals interesting facts about playing Sarangi.
Learning the tactics of playing Sarangi from his father
Iqbal Shah’s love for Sarangi started at a very young age. He inherited his musical talents from his father, a skilled Sarangi player. Iqbal’s father taught him the tactics of playing the Sarangi and the intricacies of classical music. Iqbal learned the nuances of playing the Sarangi by listening to the masters and imitating them. His father’s training and guidance helped Iqbal master the art of playing Sarangi. He becomes one of the region’s most renowned Sarangi players.
Running Mureed Gharana Music Academy
Mohammad Iqbal Shah’s passion for Sarangi continued after his learning. He wanted to pass on his knowledge and skills to younger generations. In pursuit of this goal, he started the Mureed Gharana Music Academy, where he teaches young musicians the art of playing Sarangi. The academy has become a breeding ground for aspiring musicians who wish to learn traditional Kashmiri Sufi music. Under Iqbal’s guidance, his students learn the basics of classical music, rhythm, and melody and then progress to mastering the Sarangi.
Appearing in Hunar Baaz
Iqbal Shah’s skills as a Sarangi player have been noticed. He has gained recognition not only in Kashmir but also in the national music scene. He appeared in the famous Colors television show Hunar Baaz alongside Rababist Adnan Manzoor. The judges of the reality show, Karan Johar, Parineeti Chopra, and Mithun Chakravarty, were impressed by the talent of Iqbal and Adnan. They appreciated the traditional music and the mastery of the Sarangi displayed by Iqbal and his fellow musician.
Reviving traditional melodies of Kashmiri Sufi
Iqbal Shah’s passion for traditional Kashmiri Sufi music has helped revive the art of playing Sarangi in the region. His skills have kept the conventional melodies passed down through generations alive. He believes that playing Sarangi is not just about music but also about the art of storytelling. Through his music, Iqbal Shah tells the stories of his ancestors, their struggles, and their way of life. His Sarangi plays out the sounds and emotions of the people of Kashmir and brings them to life for listeners.
Keeping the legacy of Kashmiri Sufi alive in a modern world
Mohammad Iqbal Shah’s dedication and passion for Sarangi have helped revive the traditional melodies of Kashmiri Sufi music. His musician skills and commitment to teaching younger generations have ensured this musical art form thrives. By playing the Sarangi, he tells the stories of his ancestors and keeps their legacy alive. In a world dominated by modern music, Iqbal Shah’s love for traditional music is a breath of fresh air, reminding us of the importance of keeping our cultural heritage alive.