Jashn-e-Rafi festival begins in Kashmir

Jashn-e-Rafi festival begins in Kashmir
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Music director Naushad’s son praises local artists

PATTAN: Hundreds of music lovers on Wednesday gathered here for the two-day Jashn-e-Rafi festival in Kashmir.
Famous music director and son of Naushad Ali, Raju Naushad and Majrooh Sultanpuri’s daughter, Sabah Sultanpuri were chief guests on the occasion. They paid tribute to one of the greatest singers of Indian film industry, Muhammad Rafi and appreciated local singers of the valley for performing at the inaugural event of Jashn-e-Rafi.
“Rafi Sahab lives in the hearts of millions and his spiritual and soulful voice will inspire us till eternity,” said Raju Naushad.
He said Muhammad Rafi singer was close to him because of his father and legendary music director, Naushad Ali.
“I was excited to come to Kashmir. This place is paradise for everyone including musicians and filmmakers,” he said.
“I was delighted to listen to Kashmiri singers singing compositions of my father. They are talented and hard workers but lack avenues. They need guidance from experienced people,” he said.
The musician assured support to local artists of Kashmir to give them platform and training.
“I was happy to be part of the show in Kashmir. The participants need bigger platforms and I will try to help them to hone their talent,” he said.
The festival which is spread over two days till Thursday is being organised by Rafi Lovers Circle (RLC), a Kolkatta based Muhammad Rafi fan club in association with local musicians.
The first day of the festival was held at SSM College of Engineering and Technology, Parishaspora which was attended by a huge gathering of musicians and students. Second
Local singers and fans of Muhammad Rafi who performed at the event including Suleman Khan, Raja Bilal, Masood Ghani, Dr Javid Rafi and Azaad paid tribute to Rafi Sahab by singing his famous songs.
Ruhi Khan, founder president of RLC said the program was part of the seven-month long festival which is being organied from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.
“I am happy that we got an overwhelming response in Kashmir,” she said.