An Evening Of Kashmiri Music

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Join us for an evening of Kashmiri music, featuring three of Kashmir's rising young stars, an Afghan American rabab virtuoso, and one of Chicago's finest world music percussionists.

Mehmeet Syed, Irfan Nabi, Bilal Matta, Habib Wardak, and George Lawler are on a multi-city tour, in Maryland, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Check out posts on our timeline for footage and pictures from the concert in Maryland!

The performance begins at 5:00 pm sharp, and will be followed by dinner.

Purchase tickets in advance online at - this is the only way to guarantee a seat!

About the Performers:

Mahmeet Syed is a renowned singer whose repertoire ranges from traditional Kashmir music to contemporary South Asian popular songs. She released her first video album title Chulhama Roshay Roshay in 2004 and has released numerous audio and video recordings since. She is the recipient of the Naseem Akhtar Memorial Award, named after the esteemed Kashmiri singer. Mahmeet is currently a master’s student in public administration.

Irfan Nabi and Bilal Matta are vocalists and instrumentalists, playing the harmonium, flute, tumbakh (drum), note (clay percussion vessel), guitar, and rabab (plucked lute). They have performed Kashmiri music from childhood, training with masters of music in India, including A.R Rahman. They are the founders of the Mizraab School of Music in Kashmir, and are a household name in the region.

Habib Wardak was born in Afghanistan and began playing rabab at age of six. His first recording in 1998 at age eight was a sensation in Afghani music. Now living in the US, he has traveled to Kashmir to teach rabab to young music students. He is currently studying law at DePaul University in Chicago.

George Lawler is an accom­plished per­cus­sion­ist and instru­ment maker who has been involved in the Chicago music scene for 18 yrs. Spe­cial­iz­ing in Mid­dle East­ern, Balkan, Turk­ish, and Greek per­cus­sion, George has toured the U.S. with Belgian/Egyptian pop star Nat­acha Atlas, toured Europe with “A Hawk and a Hack­saw” and appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show with the 30 piece ‘circus-punk’ march­ing band, Mucca Pazza. He has per­formed per­cus­sion work­shops at Chicago Pub­lic Schools and is also a music direc­tor for the Orpheus Hel­lenic Folk­lore Soci­ety. George is the owner of the Jamoflage Per­cus­sion Co. which makes cus­tom frame drums and other unique instru­ments. He teaches pri­vate lessons on per­cus­sion and drum kit, and pro­duces and records music and video at his home stu­dio in Hum­bolt park.

About Funkar International:

Funkar International is a nonprofit based in Maryland with tax exempt status, and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the folk art, music, and language of Kashmir.
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