In Kashmir, 'conscious music' tests India's limits on speech


SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A burgeoning form of resistance music laced with religious metaphors is fast taking wing in Kashmir, a disputed region divided between rivals India and Pakistan. Known as "conscious music," it's a blend of progressive Sufi rock and hip hop and draws elements from Islam and spiritual poetry. It's an assertive political expression in a place mired in decades of conflict — the songs have become a rallying cry for youths to use music to challenge Indian control. The fusion also seeks to bridge tensions between Muslim traditions and modernism in a region that in many w...

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