Bacha Nagma and Band Pather: A study on Kashmiri Singing
Bacha Nagma was introduced by Afghans from Kabul, in which a teenaged boy dressed as a girl dancer, is trained in the Hafiza style of dancing. Bacha Nagma is popular in the villages, particularly at harvest time. Bacha Nagma is common in Kashmir during wedding celebrations at the homes or when the wedding processions would be taken out on boats on the Jhelum river. The folk theatre called Bhand Pather is probably the earliest theatre specimen in the subcontinent. Though no serious attempt has been made to document this old extant art form yet the traces of this kind of traditional theatre one can come across in some of the extant manuscripts. The word Bhand with its origin in the Sanskrit “Bhand’ meaning comical behavior or initiation is found in most of the north Indian languages.