Chakri is one of the most popular types of traditional music played in Jammu & Kashmir. It is played with instruments like the harmonium, the rubab, the sarangi, the nout, the geger and the chimta. It is performed in folk and religious spheres, by the Muslim and Hindu Kashmiris. Chakri was also used to narrate stories like fairy tales or famous love stories such as Yousuf-Zulaikha, Laila-Majnun, etc. It is a very important part of the Henna Night during weddings.
Once performed with the help of only Garaha, Sarangi and Rabab, It is one of the most popular forms of the traditional music of Kashmir.
Chakri is one of the most popular folk music played in Kashmir. Chakri ends with the Rouf, though Rouf is a dance form but few ending notes of Chakri which are played differently and on fast notes is also called Rouf. Some famous Chakri players are:
- Gulam Hassan Sofi
- Abdur Rasheed Hafiz
- Gulam Nabi Sheikh
- Gulam Mohammad Dar
- Rouf or Wanwun
Depicting the melodic tradition of folk music that evolved in the valley of Kashmir many decades back, Chakri truly upholds the heritage of culture and arts in the place. The people of Kashmir are quite popular for owing a multi-cultural past. Chakri is an excellent outcome of that very musical history of the valley.
Performed by the folk population of Kashmir, Chakri is considered incomplete without the apt support of the musical instruments. Although a form of ancient folk category, Chakri has today went through some minor variations. For one, the advent of harmonium apart from the usual instruments is quite new. However, the basic theme and flavour of Chakri is still intact which shows the passion of Jammu & Kashmir culture enthusiasts.
The state of Jammu & Kashmir have been ruled by several Dynasties in the ancient ages. From Hindu Kings to Mughal Empires, Jammu & Kashmir has remained a vital ruling ground.
Although the reigning era of those mighty Kings have ended long back, yet the evidences have remained on the land of Jammu & Kashmir in the form of cultural extravaganza. Chakri is a real symbol of that very essence of artistic genre of Jammu & Kashmir which once flourished amidst the verdant valleys. Tourists who come from different parts of the world to explore the incredibly ecstatic splendours of Jammu & Kashmir often get mesmerized by the melodic aura created by chakri.