I wonder what made Amir Khusrau Sahab to say this about Kashmir?
“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast,
Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast”,
meaning, “If there is a paradise on earth, It is this, it is this, it is this.”
Is it its people or nature? Well, we Kashmiris are most privileged to be part of this abundant land and immensely grateful for people who have nurtured this heaven on Earth.
The Kashmir we see today is the artwork of its ancestral kings, queens and natives, who have knitted the rich cultures and traditions of the valley and left it for us to cherish.
Let’s take you back, to some of the hidden vintage gems from Kashmir valley-
1. Poplar Avenue, a row of 1700 trees, photographed by Francis Frith
2. Waterwheel and Kashmiri Pandits 1870, photographed by Francis Frith
3. Amiran Kadal. First bridge built by Afghan governor Amir Khan Sher Jawan in 1774-1777, photographed by Francis Frith
4. The Sun temple of Martand built by King Lalitaditya (A.D. 693 to 729), photographed by Francis Frith
5. Srinagar with Safoola Baba’s House, photographed by Francis Frith in 1875, photographed by Francis Frith
6. Kashmiri girl at Dancing Shalimar, photograph by Herford Tynes Cowling for National Geographic Magazine in October 1929
7. Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev’s boat procession 1955. – Indian Photo Division
8. Pandits and Muslims sitting together at the Potter’s shop, 1885, via. British Library. The Potter is making “touk”, a saucer needed for religious rites of Pandits.
9. The state emblem of Jammu and Kashmir designed by artist Mohan Raina (1928-1983 ) 1952.
10. A page from 17th century musical treatise by Shaykh ʻAbd al-Karīm ibn Shaykh Farīd Anṣārī al-Qādirī al-Jawnpūrī dedicated to Muhammad ‘Adil Shah (r.1626-56), via: British Library
11. Traditional accessories of Kashmir 1921
-Tolsi/Tulsi: the choker necklace
-Chaphkael: the long necklace
12. The opening of a collection of verse by the celebrated Kashmiri poet, Mahmud Gami (19th century), via British Library
13. A map of the Mughal province of Cachemir (Kashmir), 1770, via: British Library
14. Copper coin of Didda, the ruler of Kashmir from 958 CE to 1003 CE, around 950-8 A.D.
Old is Gold. At Kashmiri Life we plan to protect the old like diamonds.