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Support pours on social sites for Kashmir all-girl rock band

PTI  Srinagar, February 03, 2013
First Published: 14:27 IST(3/2/2013) | Last Updated: 17:21 IST(3/2/2013)

Support has been pouring in from all corners on social networking sites for the all-girls rock band of Kashmir after they received abusive and hate messages on their Facebook page for defying convention by choosing the field of music.


At least three pages have come up on Facebook in the past three-days throwing their weight behind the three Class-X students of Kashmir, urging them not to be cowed down by the hate mongers and continue their band named 'Pragaash' (light).

'I support Pragaash, Kashmir's first all-girls' rock band' is the most popular page with more than 1,000 'likes' since it was created less than two days ago in Facebook.
"I am with u. Follow your passion sincerely and be good. God bless special people with art and you are one of them, that's why everybody is not artist," Kanu Sharma posted on the page.
The all-girls rock band, which came to limelight in late December last year after their performance at the annual 'Battle of the Bands' competition, had defied the convention by stepping into the male-dominated field of music.
The online threats have left the families of the teenage girls worried and forced them to keep a low profile.
Though there are dozens of bands currently playing music of different genres in the Kashmir Valley, the girls vocalist-guitarist Noma Nazir, drummer Farah Deeba and Guitarist Aneeka Khalid formed the first all-girls rock band under the name of 'Pragaash'.
The band had won the best performance award in their first public appearance.

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