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New online radio station for Kashmiri music

Srinagar: Kashmiri diaspora spread across the world can now enjoy Kashmiri music anytime as a Canada- based organisation has launched the world`s first and only online radio station – RadioKash.com.

"RadioKash.com is the web`s only 24×7 streaming radio station that broadcasts music and songs from Kashmir. Just like any regular radio station, we broadcast music by Kashmiri singers and promote the culture and music of Kashmir to the whole world," the message from the administrator of the site said.

The site, however, does not allow the option of downloading music as part of its anti-piracy stand. "This site does not undermine the calibre and creativity of Kashmiri artists and hence does not provide any kind of downloads. We do not support piracy," the administrator`s message reads.

RadioKash.com currently broadcasts various genres of Kashmiri music. Traditional Songs, `Chakkar`, `Rouff` and `Sufiana Kalam` by renowned Kashmir singers such as Ghulam Mohammed Sufi, Shameema Azad, Waheed Jeelani, Arti Tikku, Bhajan Sopori and other musicians and singers from the Valley are some of the popular choices that are played.

"The goal of starting this radio station is to promote Kashmiri music and Kashmiri heritage, first to Kashmiri people and then to the rest of the world. Kashmiri expatriates worldwide are cut off from the Valley and need to connect back to their roots, and music is the best medium to do so," it said. Besides tuning in to the Toronto-based station online, the web application can be enjoyed on smartphones also.

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