Cultural heritage of Kashmir is as multi-dimensional as the variegated backdrop of its physical exuberance which has nursed and inspired it all along. Its sanctity and evergreen stature can be conveniently inferred from the chaste shimmering snow, with its virgin demeanor from top to toe, adorning the towering peaks of its mountainous periphery. Mellowing kisses of the sun endow these summits with a rosy blush lending perennial health to our warbling brooks, roaring waterfalls and sedate and solemn lakes. To crown all, this very nectarine glow has most meaningfully groomed our mental attitude to glean unity amidst seeming diversity.
Culture is always in a flux and ferment. It is a non-stop mental journey with no mile-posts to cool its heels upon. It is, precisely speaking, the cumulative expression of the values enshrined in the heart-beats of the denizens of this Happy Valley. The irresistible stamp of Buddhist compassion, Hindu tolerance and Muslim Zest for life is most unmistakably discernible from the attainments of Kashmiri mind and intellect.
In the foregoing web pages, we have made a humble attempt to portray this very salient trait of our culture.
Â – by Professor K. N. Dhar
Text reproduced from Glimpses of Kashmiri Culture
Kashmiri Music Video Kashmiri Pandits Association (Mumbai, 1993)(Courtesy: Ashok Pandit) Artistes: Nirja Pandit, Rita Kaul, Shuhul Kaul, Bharat Pandit, Kakaji Safaya and others Kashmiri Play: Hai Kya Gome, Trath PayemDirected by: Chand Dhar
World Kashmiri Pandit Conference New Delhi, India (Dec. 27-28, 1993) Organized by Panun Kashmir Video Compiled and Edited by Ashok Pandit
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