Murtaza Fazily

Murtaza Fazily

Murtaza Fazily hails from Kargil, Ladakh. He holds a Master’s in Mass communication and Journalism from University of Kashmir and is working as a long-form journalist since the last three years. During this time he has worked with organisations like Stawa, Kashmir Monitor, Rising Kashmir and Greater Kashmir. His work focussed mainly on Ladakh, its socio-political discourse, heritage and culture. Murtaza has also worked as Assistant Director on some international films (like “Half Widow”) and on various documentary and short films in the same position.
The Ruined History of Purig Restored in a Conversation — by Murtaza Fazily

The Ruined History of Purig Restored in a Conversation — by Murtaza Fazily

In a quest to find himself within a greater history of his place of birth, Murtaza Fazily recounts his conversation with a renowned historian of Ladakh, Haji Sadi Ali Sadiq Sahib, who narrates the tales of castles in ruins brought back to life (through the oral tradition) and the rise of the kings who built them. From the mouth of an aged historian and the man who sought answers and lent a persistent ear, here is the story of Purig and its forgotten history.

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Archery in Ladakh: A Story Through Perspectives — by Murtaza Fazily

Archery in Ladakh: A Story Through Perspectives — by Murtaza Fazily

Murtaza Fazily visits his birthplace to meet young and senior archers, sports officials, bureaucrats, prominent cultural figures and residents to gather their perspective on archery and its essential place in Ladakhi society and its culture. In the story narrated mainly from the dialogues with such figures, a history of archery, its tradition, its transformation and its present condition is discussed thoroughly. The writer has chosen to remain loyal to the words of those who inform his research about the status of archery in Ladakh by providing ample space for their statements and accounts. As such, the story that follows is primarily driven by such statements and accounts by the same people who practice and promote archery while struggling to keep it relevant.

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“Remember, remember
13th of July,
Martyrs of Kashmir
and their sacrifice
who bore witness
with the crimson skies
Heroes of Kashmir
who paid the price.
Remember, remember
13th of July
Remember, remember
13th of July.”

—from: 13th of July, MC Kash

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