Folk music of Kashmir

The valley of Kashmir which is surrounded by the snow-clad Himalayas is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. It is a vast expanse of flat country with rich alluvial soil, lofty and glacial mountains, crystal streams, lofty crags, torrents, broad lakes, shady Chinar groves and pine forests. Kashmir’s picturesque beauty has been immortalized in paintings, songs and poetry. The culture of Kashmir is distinct and diverse, encompassing the various habits and lifestyles of the people inhabiting in it’s region. During their long periods of independence, isolation and solidarity, the people of Kashmir developed a unique culture making everlasting contributions to learning and literature. For a long time, Kashmir was a separate kingdom, and the history of Kashmir is a chronicle of Kings and courts. The history and tradition of folk music and dance in Kashmir valley goes back to thousands of years.

Folk music of Kashmir – Song of the Boatmen :  Download

Folk music of Kashmir – Love Duet :  Download

Folk music of Kashmir – Song of the Nightingale :  Download

Folk music of Kashmir – Song of the Silkworms :  Download

Folk music of Kashmir – Beautiful Kashmir :  Download

Folk music of Kashmir – Song of Spring :  Download

All the above songs are genuine field recordings, unadulterated and spared from the paraphernalia that accompanies studio recordings.



  1. Vinayak said,

    January 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for uploading this. Was looking for a long time.

  2. kraig grady said,

    February 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

    not to be published as a comment but could not find a contact email.
    But i am working on an educational film and would like to get permission to use the first cut here.
    It is a documentary on Kashmir in the 70’s.

  3. indianraga said,

    February 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    My email is :

    But I think for this you should ask the copyright holders of this CD. In this case it is Smithsonian Folkways. Moreover the songs posted here are samples of lo-fi quality and may not sound good with hi-fi sound equipments.

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