Songs From Kashmir

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Songs From Kashmir is an ongoing series of poems and stories reflecting on the ‘Dream’ called Kashmir and the ‘Land’ called Kashmir. ‘Dream’ is the concept called Kashmir as envisioned by different eyes. ‘Land’ called Kashmir is the actual place that has been in turmoil for decades.

Both the ‘Dream’ and the ‘Land’ are called Kashmir in this context but are concepts applicable to all our spaces of humanity in its past and present.

Songs From Kashmir is a study of how both of these manifestations ‘Dream and the ‘Land’ called Kashmir here have evolved and continue to evolve over time. With this study we observe, experience and analyse how humans have intersected with the ‘dreams’ and the ‘lands’ and how this interface looks like in the past, present and the future.

Songs From Kashmir eventually intends to transcend itself beyond both these forms and establish itself as a new river that is free from any biases and violence. We will be dissecting the past and the present in all their beauty and all their ugliness, and we will work to build a future that is devoid of any of such concepts; it will only breathe in its existential freedom whatever it is. What that really means is we have a big responsibility in our hands. As Toni says:

Finally she speaks and her voice is soft but stern. “I don’t know”, she says. “I don’t know whether the bird you are holding is dead or alive, but what I do know is that it is in your hands. It is in your hands.” — Toni Morrison


Vaishali Paliwal

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