Born on 11 September 1954 in Nowhatta village in Srinagar district of Jammu & Kashmir, Shri Abdul Rashid Hafiz received his initial training in folk music from Shri Gulam Muhammad Dar also known as Sarangi Nawaz.
An exceedingly popular performer, Shri Abdul Rashid Hafiz is known for his wide repertoire of the folk music of Jammu & Kashmir, and he is also popularly known as the king of Kashmiri folk singing (Chakri). Shri Hafiz has sung numerous folk songs including Chakri and Rouv in his own individual style. He has represented his State in many prestigious festivals in the country. He is a top-grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has to his credit a number of recordings of the folk music of Jammu & Kashmir.
For his service to folk music, Shri Abdul Rashid Hafiz has received several awards and honours. These include the Medical Forum Award (1998); the Bakhsi Memorial Award (2007) conferred by B.M. Foundation, Jammu & Kashmir; the Ahad Zargar Award (2008) conferred by AZM Foundation; and the State Award from the Government of Jammu & Kashmir (2014).
Shri Abdul Rashid Hafiz receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2014 for his contribution to the folk music of Jammu & Kashmir.