Know Altaf Mir’s Journey, From Militant to Coke Studio Sensation

  "Ha Gulo Tohi Ma Sa Wuchwan Yaar Meon", has turned into a web sensation in under 24 hours after its release is actually sung by a Kashmiri who left the valley to join militancy.

Main vocal, Muhammad Altaf Mir, was just 22 years of age when he crossed the border into Pakistan in 1990 to become a militant. He didn't join militancy but settle permanently in Muzaffarabad and began to work for an NGO. He is an expert chain stitch artisan and at present is a master craftsmen of Kashmiri crafts.

For several years, Mir has been associated with Radio Pakistan as a broadcaster and also leads a band called Qasamir.
Altaf Mir, now 50 years of age, is yet to return home, yet his emotion-packed vocals is now winning hearts in Kashmir and outside.

"Ha Gulo", is a version of legendary Kashmiri poet Ghulam Ahmad Mahjoor.

Almost around 70 years after it was written, Coke Studio's twist to a traditional folk song of love and separation has earned thousands of youthful admirers in the valley.

The folk song, "Ha gulo tuhi mama sa vuchwun yaar muen (Oh flower, have you seen my friend), got more than two lakh views in the first two days of its release.

By: Dhruvish Shah

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