Updated Feb 09, 2017 12:24pm

This Kashmiri rendition of Pakistan's national anthem has gone viral

If you've ever wondered what Pakistan's national anthem sounds like on the santoor and rabab, you're in for a treat.

Two Kashmiri boys, Umar Majeed, aged 18 and Zubair Ahmad, aged 22, can give anyone a run for their money with their instrumental rendition of 'Pak Sar Zameen'.

Their version went viral on social media and Whatsapp after Facebook page Culture de Kashmir posted it on their page:

According to Hindustan Times, Majeed and Ahmad were practicing at Majeed's father's music institute when someone suggested that they perform a rendition of Pakistan's national anthem.

Majeed, a grade 12 art student playing the santoor in the video, said of the duo's instant fame: "We were trying the instruments when a friend suggested playing 'Pak Sar Zameen.' Somebody started capturing it on a video. Since its upload on social media my phone has not stopped buzzing."

He can't believe the response they've received so far. "I have uploaded videos before but I had never imagined this video would become so famous."

But why Pakistan's national anthem? Majeed replied, "Music has no boundaries. Musicians are azad. It is our work and we will be of no worth without music. There is no other motive to my rendition of Pakistan’s national anthem."

"Music is in my body and soul but there are many youth like me who have no idea of Kashmir’s folk music. Many people called me to ask which instruments we were playing in the video. They know everything about guitars and western instruments but have no idea about our own [local] instrument," added the aspiring singer.

The two aren't done yet. They're planning on doing their next rendition on India's national anthem.


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Al fatmi Feb 09, 2017 11:25am

True, music has no boundaries.

DAWN READER Feb 09, 2017 11:37am


tariq Feb 09, 2017 11:54am


Umer Feb 09, 2017 12:25pm

Full of Spirit

Mushirk Feb 09, 2017 12:37pm

Art is indeed infinite.

Pakistani in berlin Feb 09, 2017 12:49pm

Very beautiful . May god bless these guys for their love and affection for Pakistan.

Hs Feb 09, 2017 12:53pm

Heart warming

SKZ Feb 09, 2017 01:13pm

Qabza Hindustani par Dil Hai Pakistani :) Toooo Gooood !

Ijaz Feb 09, 2017 01:16pm

No word but tears in my eyes.

jA-AUSTRALIA Feb 09, 2017 01:25pm

Awesome. Simply awesome.

KB Feb 09, 2017 01:27pm

Amazing......Pakistan Always Zindabad

asif Feb 09, 2017 02:22pm

Excellent. No words to describe.

zak Feb 09, 2017 03:02pm

Pakistan is in their heart and soul.

Paksitani Feb 09, 2017 03:22pm

Kashmir Zinda Bad

taimoor khan Feb 09, 2017 04:01pm

Dil hai Pakistani :)

Gorsi Feb 09, 2017 04:37pm

Superb...Long Live Pakistan.

Shoaib Zargar Feb 09, 2017 04:44pm

Too good! I wish to see them in coke studio!

KhwarIzmi Feb 09, 2017 04:56pm

Ideas too have no boundaries and the idea of Pakistan is strong among the Kashmiris.

Asim Feb 09, 2017 05:02pm


HomeAlone Feb 09, 2017 07:10pm

Music should be taught in all schools.

Sohai Ahmed Feb 09, 2017 07:59pm

Simply Amazing

ghaznavi Feb 09, 2017 08:02pm

I hope they do not face sedition charges in the largest democracy

Asif Feb 09, 2017 11:45pm

If i could, i would adopt this as the official version of our national anthem.

gp65 Feb 10, 2017 03:10am

@ghaznavi Disrespect for national symbols of India will invite such charges. Playing Pakistani anthem per se will do no such thing.

Skkk Feb 10, 2017 03:13am

Lovely! Did not know some one in Kashmir will have great 'rababing' skills

Princess_of_DHUMP Feb 10, 2017 03:15am

Goosebumps! #Kashmir Banega #Pakistan

Kila Feb 10, 2017 05:04am

@Asim me too!

Kila Feb 10, 2017 05:04am

@ghaznavi bring it.

zak Feb 10, 2017 12:29pm

@Asif every kind of version is in the heart.

asadullah mir Feb 10, 2017 06:30pm

One can not hide the feelings inside ones heart, can one?