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J&K CM's wife set to launch new album

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 20:07 IST

Ending a three-decade wait by admirers of her songs, two musical albums of noted Kashmiri singer and wife of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Shameema Azad would be launched here tomorrow.

The two albums - in Kashmiri and Dogri along with a set of three international quality albums will be launched jointly at a function by Governor S K Sinha and Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Rafeeq Masoodi told reporters here today.

The Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts is bringing out the albums which will see Shameema singing along with fresher and younger musicians Shazia Ahmed, Jemeela Khan and Abdul Rashed Farash in Kashmiri album "aaluv".

In the Dogri album, Shameema would sing along with Ragni Renu, Riaz Ahmed, Kaliash Mehra. Both the albums have been composed and produced by famous santoor maestro Pandit Bhajan Sopori.

Besides this, a third album "shajaar" based on Kashmir folk music sung by Abdu Rasheed Hafiz would also be released tomorrow.

"It is home coming for Shameema Azad after thirty long years of her busy time in the political mileu. By doing this, she would returning to the people of Jammu and Kashmir what she has inherted from her motherland", Abhay, the son of Pandit Bhajan Sopori, said.

Shameema used to sing regularly for All India Radio before getting married to Gulam Nabi Azad.

Her first album 'shajaar' is a mixture of Kashmiri folk songs with revolutionery tinge and has a 6-song format. The three new albums has been made in order to focus on international market.