Two Maestros of Kashmiri Music

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Muhammed Ramzan Joo

Ustad Muhammed Ramzan Joo

Ustad Ramzan Joo was from Kaka Soth, Jamallata, Srinagar. He was born in 1881 and died on December 7, 1971. Belonging to the family of great musicians and being brother of Maestro Sidh Joo, he is ranked as a top class artist in Sufiana Kalaam and acquired this art from his ancestors. He would always participate in spiritual gatherings and getting in touch with other highly acclaimed singers and artists benefited him to learn and master the art singing especially Sufiana Kalaam.


His teachers were achievers in this art like Ustad Wazir Joo and Ustad Abdullah Shah. His motivation, as is said, was his love for Sufiana Kalaam and its spirituality and any financial interest has been of no consequence. He was relentless in his effort to carry on with promoting this art which he did with great success and imparted training and whatever he had learnt to younger generation.

He was employed by Radio Kashmir in 1955 and initially received a “B” class status. It goes to his credit that he was best at playing Santoor but was adept in playing Sitar as well. He also performed in the programs organised by State Cultural Academy and received “Robe of Honour” from the same department. His students, notably, include Ustad Ghulam Muhammed Saaz Nawaz, Abdul Ghani Saaz Nawaz and Ghulam Ahmed Saaz Nawaz.


Ghulam Muhammed Saaz Nawaz

Ghulam Muhammed Saaznawaz

Ghulam Muhammed Saaz Nawaz is son of Ustad Ramzan Joo lives in Dana Mazar, Safa Kadal, Srinagar. He was born in July 1940. He was fortunate enough to learn the art from his father when he was very young. Though being part of the group of musicians belonging to his uncle Ustad Sidh Joo, the relationship helped him to attain fame very quickly as his Uncle was already a recognized Sufiana musician. He loves to sing Persian spiritual poetry and his delivery of pronunciation being correct added to the flavour of his singing and people love to hear him sing. He is known to play with perfection the instruments like Santoor, Sitar, Tabla and saaz-e-Kashmir but has an extra edge at playing Santoor.

He was initially employed by Radio Kashmir as a ‘B’ class employee and because of his hard work and perseverance soon became a big name in Sufiana kalaam. He also received a “Sanad” appreciation from Sadiq Memorial Trust. He has also received a few awards from State and Sangeet Academy of India which he received in the year 1999.

Saaz Nawaz received appreciation and acclaim as one of the greatest exponents of Sufiana Music. He also hopes the tradition he inherited from the great masters will be carried on by his sons Mushtaq and Shabir who are learning the art under his guidance and encouraging the youngsters is the only glimmer of hope keeping this tradition alive.