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History And Culture Of Jammu and Kashmir

We are not makers of history, we are made by history. Let's explore it!

The state of Jammu & Kashmir is part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute since the partition of the subcontinent in 1947.India and Pakistan have fought three wars over the state – currently the territory is divided: Pakistan controls under half, India controls over half and China controls a tiny part.
Jammu was historically the seat of the Dogra dynasty and more than two-thirds of the population here is Hindu which lives in the southeastern portion of the region. To the northwest, the proportion of Muslims increases.The Kashmir valley, surrounded by the highlands of the broader Kashmir regionis where the majority of the people are Muslims who speak Kashmiri or Urdu. Distinct from the rest of the country, the state has a unique cultural blend. There are varied ethical entities, diversity of languages and food as well as fairs and festivals. Kashmir has a rich musical and dance tradition with instruments such as the saz, santoor, rabab, sitar and garaha. These same instruments are used in Jammu in the Hindu folk dances and ballads.

 

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