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Born in Srinagar (Kashmir) on 5th November,1957, Subhash Premi is the son of well-known Kashmiri writer Late Pt. Prem Nath Premi who baptized him into the world of Art and Literature. Though he did not study Hindi beyond 8th Standard, he adopted this (National) language as the medium of his expression. Soon he became a sought-after Hindi lyricist - a rare breed in the valley. A number of his lyrics were picturised / telecast by Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar. In fact, his very first lyric for this TV Centre "SHANKAR TERE NAAM HAZAAR" became immensely popular and found its way to the archives of the centre. Well-known artistes of the valley and outside including Rajinder Kachroo, Vijay Malla, Kailash Mehra, Pandita brothers - Dr. Vinod and Dr. Ashwani, Pankaj Jeswani, S. Sanyal, Nishikant Bali (Canada) have rendered their melodious voices to the simple, sweet and lilting lyrics penned by Sh. Premi under the pen-name of "Suman".
An enthusiastic and zealous worker for the propagation of Hindi literature in the valley, he became the youngest ever General Secretary of KASHMIR HINDI SAHITYA SAMMELAN- a pioneer organization of the valley in the field of Hindi literature, at the age of 17. In 1983, he migrated to Faridabad (near Delhi) where he gained popularity in the field of Hindi-ghazal. Most of his poems got published in reputed magazines, newspapers and poetry-collections. Besides, a number of his poems were broadcast by different stations of All India Radio. He has also edited several magazines/ poetry-collections.
Among his other interests - he has a passion for music, especially for percussion or rhythm instruments. As a member of the orchestra conducted by the legendary musician Pt. Bhajan Sopori (for Radio-Kashmir ), he is credited with the introduction of Congo Drums in Kashmiri music. This passion for music stood him in good stead while writing songs which delighted music composers for sheer lyrical quality.
In addition to this, Subhash Premi is immensely popular as a stage/TV compere. He has anchored/acted in quite a few documentary/feature presentations telecast by DD KASHIR (Kashmiri Channel promoted by Doordarshan and Ministry of Home Affairs - GOI), which includes the mantle of Anchor/Lead Actor/Lyricist and researcher for the serialized Docu-Drama"Yi Chhu Myon Wattan, Nund-Bon Wattan", one of the most repeatedly telecast documentary serials of this Channel.
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