Friday, April 26, 2013


   Hafiz Nagma is one form of Sofiana mosiqui. In, Hafiz Nagma, a dancer is a female while her accompanist on various instrument are  male. The instrument used in Hafiz Nagma is santoor,sitar,Kashmiri Saz, wasool and tabla.Hafiz moves her feet on music notes.

    Many of these dancer stayed and worked in Shalimar garden.The bungalow, lit by candles and lanterns,was used for performance and entertaining vistors.

    In Mughal era, in which this dance was introduce, Hafiz Nagma was very popular.

    Azeezie was one of the most popular Hafiz dancer in 1860's and appeared in Baker & Burke catalogue.
kashmiri dancers 1870s photograph

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