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Wanvun, literally "chorus", is a style of singing used by Kashmiri Pandits before certain rituals such as Yagnopavit and marriages. It can also be used to describe a music session at which traditional songs are sung.[1]

In the 1980s, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations expressed concern that as modern marriages were using songs from movies, there were less old people singing the traditional wanvun.[2] In some places, wanvun is sung to celebrate the end of Ramadan.[3]


  1. ^ Raheja, Neeta (1995). How to Arrange a Wedding. University of Virginia: UBS Publishers and Distributors. ISBN 9788186112281. 
  2. ^ Indian Council for Cultural Relations (1987). "Indian Horizons". Indian Horizons 36. 
  3. ^ Ahmed, Mudasir (4 August 2013). "A village where ‘Rouf’ and ‘Wanvun’ reverberate after iftar". Kashmir Reader. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 

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Wanvun - that old chorus song of old ladies

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