SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sarfaraz Javaid beats his chest rhythmically in the clip, swaying on guitar and letting his throaty voice echo through the forest: “What kind of soot shrouded the sky? It darkened my world. … Why was the house entrusted to strangers?
“Khuaftan Baange” – Kashmiri for “night’s call to prayer” – unfolds like a dirge for Muslim-majority Kashmir, the starkly beautiful Himalayan territory that is home to decades of territorial disputes, soldiers armed forces and severe repression against the population. It is mournful in tone but lavish in lyrical symbolism inspired by Sufism, an Islamic mystical tradition. Its shape is that of a Marsiya, a poetic interpretation that is a lament for the Muslim martyrs.
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