Bandipora: For several years, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel stationed in the North Kashmir’s Bandipora district has been captivating audiences with his enchanting voice. Of late, he has taken the social media by a storm by singing Kashmiri songs in his melodious voice.
Mrityunjay, who originates from Bihar, has been stationed at the 3rd Battalion of CRPF in Bandipora for the past four years. He has won over crowds with his soulful voice at numerous official functions and celebrations, including Republic Day and Independence Day.
In addition to singing in Hindi, Mrityunjay has gained recognition for his performances in the Kashmiri language as well. He recently sang a Kashmiri song during an official function, which was received with rapturous applause from the audience, resulting in a standing ovation.
According to Mrityunjay, he has made a conscientious effort to immerse himself in the culture of Kashmir, and has learned to sing Kashmiri songs in order to showcase them to the people. He shared that when he arrived in Kashmir, he was struck by the beauty and emotional depth of Kashmiri music.
“I studied them meticulously and practiced until I felt confident enough to perform them without any hesitation or error,” he told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “I have a particular fondness for Kashmiri folk songs because of their captivating melodies and poignant lyrics. In fact, this was the primary reason why I was so eager to learn the Kashmiri language.”
It was on Independence Day in 2020 that Mrityunjay first caught the attention of the public, when a brief video clip of him singing the famous Kashmiri song “Nigaaro” was shared on Facebook. His performance was met with widespread acclaim online, with many praising his melodious voice and undeniable talent.
“I have always found inspiration in Kashmiri songs, to the point where I find myself constantly humming their melodies,” he shared. While Mrityunjay has experience singing in various languages, he admits that he feels a special connection to Kashmiri music.
As the head of the CRPF band in Bandipora, he and his team performs at numerous events throughout the year, particularly on Independence Day and Republic Day eves. Whenever word gets out that Mrityunjay will be performing, people flock in droves to listen to his captivating voice and musical prowess— (KNO)
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