Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), January 14 — In a bid to revive centuries-old Kashmiri art form known as "Ladishah", Syed Areej Safvi, a 25-year-old woman hailing from Jammu and Kashmir, performs the traditional folk ballad to tell tales in a satirical and humorous way.
Safvi writes and performs Ladishah, which makes commentaries on social and political conditions in the society. Humour forms an essential part of its presentation.
For hundreds of years, this storytelling musical genre was performed only by men and but now Safvi has taken the mantle to revive this art form.
Talking about her journey, Safvi said she has written all of her Ladishah's in Delhi but told tales of Kashmir. "I stay in Delhi but my heart stays in Kashmir. I am always updated on what is happening in Kashmir," she said.
Safvi said that confidence is essential for performing this art form. "Performing Ladishah is unlike giving speech or singing. It is part of a traditional folk ballad. If a one does not have confidence one cannot perform this art form," she told ANI.