First ever Kashmiri opera ‘Shaam-e-Sama’ held at SKICC

SRINAGAR: “Shaam-e-Sama” an opera of Kashmir’s ancient music and dance performances was presented for the first time on stage by at least 100 music, theater and media professionals from Valley.
On the backdrop of a spectacular set at SKICC, ‘tv2 communications’ and ‘the Wings’ team up to showcase visual presentation of Kashmir’s history and folk lore.
The opera was synchronized with a special music and dance compositions with great lyrical renditions and fusion to give audience a feel of Kashmir that reached to its cultural and intellectual zenith during the times of Zain-ul-Abideen Budshah, a pro-people ruler of Kashmir.
The program showcased Hafiz Nagma—a traditional folk classical dance form of Kashmir composed over sufiyana, Raqs-e-Gule Lala—a musical opera narrating story of Gulrez in local folk form and folk basket with all time hit numbers in folk form.
Other items include a lyrical poem about the land of beauty Kashmir and its inhabitants, Raqs-e-Bahaar, a group performance and Raqs-e-Sama. In this a group of dancers in Sufi fusion attire set the stage on fire with moves and rhythms. This was performed by a group of 20 artists. Opera was culminated with a grand ACT by 50 plus artists on stage.
The show was a ‘Shaam-e-Sama’ is a part of the 3-day ‘Kashmir Spring Challenge Fest’ being organized by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department from April 12.
The event was managed and coordinated by Kashmir-based event management companies, tv2 communications and the Wings.
The music for the show was composed by Raja Bilal and Shahi Mumtaz, Choreography by Shafiq Qureshi, show was coordinated by Wasim Raja and Akeel Saqi, make-up was done by Gul Javaid, costumes by Yousuf Shahnaz and Maqbool. The opera was directed by Aarshad Mushtaq with his creative.
On Monday, an Art Quest cum exhibition was held at Zabarwan Park which presented works of artists of Kashmir, a canvas was also put on sight which was painted by the celebs and locals, Saazena a musical event where kashmiri musicians presented the jist of traditional instrumental music on a large scale, first ever kite festival in which hundreds of children took park and others also joined them.
“This festival will be the annual feature during the spring in Kashmir,” organizers said.
Later in the evening there was be a standup comedy show by comedy kings of Kashmir including Nazir Josh, Seth Rafi, Shabir Hakak , Basher Kotur and others.