Veteran singer Ghulam Hassan Sofi, the melody king of Kashmir who had enthralled generations, died here today after a prolonged illness. He was 80.
Visually impaired Sofi died at SMHS Hospital and was later buried at his ancestral graveyard at Maletang in Dalgate area of the city. Born on July 8, 1932 at Dalgate, Sofi began his career from the local station of All India Radio, known as Radio Kashmir, in early 1950's and became very popular with the masses.
He also sang for Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar, and the Cultural Academy besides working as an instructor in the Song and Drama Dvision from 1967 to 1994. Sofi, who also performed outside the state, was a recipient of Sangeet Natak Academy Award. He had also received life time achievement award from the union Information Ministry and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah award from the state government in 2006.
Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir described Sofi as an epitome of Kashmiri culture and language who would be remembered for his philosophical and mystic recitals including the famed "Afsoos Duniya Kansi Na Loub..." He said the void left in Kashmiri music world by the death of Sofi would be very difficult to fill.