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PadmaShree, Shameem Dev Azad, wife of C.M. Ghulam Nabi Azad-Nightingale of Kashmir

Shameema Dev Azad, who got Padma Shri for Art has been working as chairperson of the State Commission for Women. A prominent radio and TV singer in 1970s, Shameema Dev, now married to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, will always be remembered for her songs in the famous Srinagar TV movie Habba Khatoon

As per http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/SP331703.htm Kashmiri sings "We Shall Overcome" to heal wounds (18 Feb 2007 08:23:51 GMT)

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Many Kashmiris, weary of separatist violence, remain glued to their television sets when the region's leading singer bursts into the Kashmiri adaptation of the popular U.S. civil rights hymn, "We Shall Overcome."
Shameema Azad, also known as the "nightingale of Kashmir", urges people to unshackle themselves from the region's cycle of violence with the help of music in her music video, "We Shall Overcome".
The Kashmiri language video, regularly telecast on local cable networks, is a hit in the scenic Himalayan region, where tens of thousands of people have been killed since an armed revolt broke out against New Delhi's rule in 1989.

"Vultures have gathered overhead. People have been crushed by oppression. Come, let us resolve this question. We Shall Overcome," croons Shameema in a clear, melodious voice against a backdrop of towering snow-capped peaks and ancient Sufi shrines.

Years of violence between Muslim militants and Indian forces has brought untold misery to India's only Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir and its people, once part of an easy going society and the heart of Sufi Islam in South Asia.


Shameema, a household name in Kashmir and wife of Jammu and Kashmir state Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, has produced at least three music videos in the past two years, focusing on peace and rebuilding Kashmir.
"Get up fast, panic yet not. We will build the new Kashmir," 52-year-old Shameema sings.
Her fans say her music is a relief from daily gunbattles, killings and security checks by armed soldiers on the streets.

"Shameema has the gift on making you forget everything -- at least for some moments -- and making you sing along with her," said 60-year-old Jana Bibi, a widow whose husband was a retired police officer killed by guerrillas in 2005.
Shameema told Reuters she selected the tune of the U.S. civil rights hymn in the 1960s for her latest video because of its powerful composition and popularity.
Disputed Kashmir, once known as the Switzerland of the East, was one of Asia's main tourist draws before the revolt broke out.
The strife has left nothing untouched in Kashmir, not even Shameema who writes her own lyrics. Her younger brother, Tasaduq Dev, was held hostage for over four months by a Muslim militant group in 1990 before being released and her parents' house has been attacked at least a half-dozen times with rockets and grenades since then.
"Music has power to heal wounds. I am sure it (her albums) will bring a little comfort to my miserable people," Shameema said.
Authorities say the 18-year insurrection in Kashmir has begun to subside since India and Pakistan began a peace process in 2004. Both countries claim divided Kashmir in its entirety.
"Spring will come again. We will be happy once again. We will forget the miserable past. We Shall Overcome," Shameema sings.

Shameem Azad felicitated
Tribune News Service ...http://www.tribuneindia.com/2006/20061025/j&k.htm#7
Srinagar, October 24
The Governor, Lieut-Gen S.K. Sinha (retd), gave away the “Shair-e-Kashmir Mahjoor” award to Mrs Shameem Azad for her contribution in the field of literature, culture and music.
The award was given away at a function organised jointly by the Department of Information, Doordarshan Srinagar, Radio Kashmir Srinagar, Mahjoor Foundation, Cultural Academy and Radio Listeners Forum.
While reading out the citation of Mrs Shameem Azad since her Class IX days it was highlighted that she had received numerous gold medals, awards and certificates at the national and international levels and is also recipient of the Padmashree Award.
The Governor described Mrs Azad as nightingale of Kashmir and said that she had not only brought laurel to the state but the nation is proud of her rich contributions in the field of literature and culture.

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Kalpana Chawla award for Shameem Azad
Courtesy: Tribune News Service (http://www.tribuneindia.com/2007/20070204/j&k.htm) Jammu, February 3, 2007
Padma Shri Mrs. Shameem Azad, wife of Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, has been awarded with the prestigious Kalpana Chawla Excellence Award-2007 for Women. The citation presented on the occasion described Ms Azad a living legend of Kashmiri folk music.
She has cut dozens of albums in Kashmiri folk music and sung in more than 10 Indian languages. She has also lent her voice to about 10 TV serials and feature films, including “Habba Khatoon” and “Bub”.
She is a winner of several awards, including a gold medal from the Andhra Pradesh Government for singing in Telugu. Her most famous songs include “Mauj Kisheer” and “Janat-e-Kashmir”.
Ms Azad received the award from Kalpana Chawla’s father, Mr Banarsi Lal Chawla, at a function in the Indian National Science Academy.

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