Hundreds of miles away from the grim warnings on climate change at Copenhagen, American singer Terra Naomi struck a positive note on banks of the Dal Lake as she crooned “say it’s possible” to highlight the consequences of the ever-rising temperatures.
A capacity crowd of about 10,000 people echoed Naomi’s optimism, as they sang along amid resounding applause with the snow-capped Himalayas and a Sufi shrine forming a majestic backdrop.
The hills came alive with the sound of music as Kashmiris, particularly the youth, turned up in large numbers and swayed to the rhythmic beats of Naomi’s guitar. The first-ever musical show by a Westerner left a discerning audience asking for more.
Naomi, alternative rock and pop artiste and YouTube sensation who enthralled music lovers against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-clad resort town of Gulmarg on Saturday, said she was in Kashmir to draw world’s attention to the disappearing Himalayan glaciers. “I’m not a politician nor I want to be. I’m here to convey the message of dangers of global warming,” said Naomi.
Naomi, who also performed in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, said she was amazed to learn that Kashmir’s fast-receding glaciers provide water to one-fifth of the world’s population.
“I was told that Gulmarg used to get more than 10 feet snow during this time many years back, but the place hardly receives a few feet snow now,” she said. Dressed in a Kashmiri suit, Terra performed along with Kashmiri singer Wahid Jeelani, who sang the Kashmiri version of “say it’s possible”.