Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Feb 04, 2013, 06:58 PM IST
Srinagar: India's cherished ideal of freedom of expression suffered yet another setback as all-girls band Pragaash quit music after they had been warned by Grand Mufti of Kashmir that music was un-Islamic. Mufti Ahmed had even issued a fatwa(religious decree) against the Kashmiri girl rock band, the first such band in the valley.
Sadly, even state CM Omar Abdullah couldn't persuade the girls to not to abandon the rock band as he had deleted his tweets immediately after posting them on social netwrking site Twitter on Sunday. The tweets had expressed solidarity with the rock band, besides assuring them of full security.
Although the girls have maintained silence over the issue, sources close to them said they had decided to quit singing and music. Omar's backtracking, apparently, weighed heavily on their minds.
The girls had defied convention by stepping into the male-dominated field but faced online threats and abuses from conservative sections of the society.
"I have said, singing is not in accordance with Islamic teachings," Mufti Ahmad had told a news agency.
He said, he has advised the members of the first all-girls rock band of Kashmir to abandon singing as "it is against Islamic teachings and will not help them in playing any constructive role in the society."
The teenage girls who came to limelight in December last year after their scintillating performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition here, received online threats and absurd comments, forcing them to keep a low profile.
Though there are dozens of bands currently playing popular music of different genres in the valley, the girls - vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and guitarist Aneeka Khalid (all students of 10th standard) - formed the first all-girls rock band by the name of "Pragaash" (light) and won the best performance award in their first public appearance
(with PTI inputs)