SRINAGAR: The much-awaited latest edition of Coke Studio Pakistan is out on Youtube and other social media platforms, creating a buzz among music lovers across the world. But the talking point of this year’s Coke Studio is the inclusion of a Kashmiri song Ha Gulo, sung by Muzaffarabad based artist Altaf Mir.
Ha Gulo is one of the major Mehjoor melodies and is romantic. Like Coke Studio’smusical journey in Pakistan, Mir’s life is full of twists and turns too.
But unlike Coke Studio Pakistan, which is in the eleventh year of its production, Mir’s journey coincides with the start of the insurgency in Kashmir in the 1990s.
A native of Janglat Mandi in Islamabad, Mir lived a content life by working as an artisan with an expertise in Aari work and chain-stitching. Also, Mir was known for his soothing voice, as he would sing at marriages, Sufiana Mehfils (gatherings), and private functions. “He used to go out with local singer Mohammad Altaf Sheikh,” said Mir’s nephew Mohammad Iqbal Shah, a locally renowned singer himself. “Besides added income it helped him earn a name for himself locally.”