Dr Shah has extensively researched on the early historic (early centuries of the Christian era) archaeology of the Kashmir region and has authored various scholarly texts on the subject.
This interview was conducted by Dr Abdul Rashid Lone in Srinagar on March 23, 2019.
Following is an edited…
Little is known about the rich culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir which is also perhaps what makes the archaeological and historical study of the state so interesting. Academic research in the state has undeniably been marred by the decades of insurgency it has seen. With scant researches…
The Kushana period in Kashmir is distinctively known for its terracotta art. The Valley, under the rule of Kushana kings, saw the rise of an independent school of art. Instead of stone, which was a popular material for the artists of Kushana period in the Indian subcontinent, especially those…
Numerous mass migrations have taken place in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Indian subcontinent witnessed the horrors of Partition, the migration of the Tibetan refugees, the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits. We explore the angst of displacement through the…
Folk songs are songs transmitted orally from one generation to another. The texts of folk songs is not static, they change over time as they are recreated extemporaneously by successive generations of singers; however, the melody remains constant and undergoes very little change over time. Folk…
O chitti meni tsakraatua puzaaiya o
Mene sajne to hal shunaiya ho
Chitthi kiriya mene sajne hawale ho
Rolle bare likhu chhu mi bistare o
Mene sajne ti surat narali o
Zimri phullu chhi gulabe ti dali ho
Matti beeti geyi thori rayi baki o
Jind ekli ji kents na sathi ho
O bat taki takia chhi tsupi…
The song specifically complains about bribes and corrupt doctors, school teachers, forest rangers and government officials whose corrupt activities have blocked development in the region.
Keno dor buto prano?
Ing kay zamano aav?
Eniya rishpati duniyaa maa gadbad machaao
Ho dor rishpat to chho…