Pragaash, Western-Style Girl Group

Looking for some new music? How about groovin’ to a little Pragaash? They’re an all-girl group from the Kashmir area. And the local Muslim militants are not pleased:

The fate of Pragaash, which means “First Light” in Kashmiri, highlights the simmering tension between modernity and tradition in Muslim-majority Kashmir, where an armed uprising against Indian rule and a relentless crackdown by government forces have killed more than 68,000 people since 1989. Separatists criticized the band for what it said was “Western-style cultural waywardness.”

Adnan Mattoo, the rock group’s music teacher and manager, said the three high school students who formed Pragaash — drummer Farah Deeba, bass guitarist Aneeqa Khalid and singer and guitarist Noma Nazir — won’t talk about their decision to disband and what led to it.

Kashmir has a long tradition of poetry and music, and has produced iconic female singers including Raj Begum, Kailash Mehra, Naseem Begum and Shamima Azad, the wife of India’s health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Unfortunately, they broke up the band. I blame Yoko. . .

2 thoughts on “Pragaash, Western-Style Girl Group

  1. Words are starting to fail me over such issues.

    The majority of the male population in the area are semi/illiterate, and these young girls have proven their ability to move forward. They get my vote whether they can play or not!

    Early days yet in the Islamic world, but the tide will change eventually, and the force of Womanhood will be a force to be reckoned with.

    Yours Aye.

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