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13-year-old Rabab Prodigy from Baramulla receives Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar Award

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New Delhi: In a remarkable achievement for the Kashmir Valley, Ishfaq Hamid, a thirteen-year-old Rabab virtuoso from Kreeri Baramulla, has been honoured with the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Bal Puraskar Award.

The distinguished accolade was conferred upon him by the President of India, Smt Daroupadi Murmu, during a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on Monday, elevating Ishfaq’s stature and bringing immense pride to the region.

A sixth-standard student, Ishfaq Hamid expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for recognizing and appreciating his exceptional talent. His journey into the world of Rabab commenced when he observed his cousin mastering the intricate art, serving as the catalyst for him to embark on his musical odyssey.

The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Sh. Manoj Sinha, extended his congratulations to Ishfaq through social media, recognizing the young maestro’s significant achievement. In a tweet, Sinha stated, “Congratulations to young maestro Ishfaq Hamid on winning Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar! Your achievements in the field of art & culture have brought immense pride to J&K. May your success continue to inspire others to pursue their artistic passion.”

Ishfaq’s success not only highlights his prowess but also serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring artists in the region. As Jammu and Kashmir revels in this moment of cultural pride, Ishfaq Hamid stands as a living testament to the rich artistic heritage of the Bhat Family and the vibrant cultural landscape of the region.

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