Parvaaz: Where Kashmiri, Urdu music flies

Parvaaz: Where Kashmiri, Urdu music flies

Parvaaz — an indie-rock quartet comprising of members Khalid Ahmad, Mir Kashif Iqbal, Sachin Banandar and Fidel Desouza — arrived on the scene in the fall of 2010, letting their infectious melodies laced with Urdu and Kashmiri poetry, and a progressively dreamy sound to do the talking. And it worked. Seven years later, Parvaaz is […]

‘Art is either perfect or it is nothing’

‘Art is either perfect or it is  nothing’

A powerful artistic expression isn’t what you would normally associate with someone who comes across as a recluse. But at 18, Momin Fayaz is already an art prodigy. Looking at his prolific sketches and pencil portraits, I reckon Momin must have been through years of training at some art school. Like his drawings, he surprises me […]

Songs, strings & struggle

Songs, strings & struggle

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon. Two young artists are trying out a song at their Bemina residence. Guitar notes ring out in the room. A sweet melody breaks out: Cze ha yaar shubi Mubarak. The song builds to a crescendo. And the duo jams out the full song. The first thing that catches your ear […]