Born in 1938 in Srinagar, Shri Ghulam Hassan Sofi learnt the folk songs of Kashmir from Shri Subla Joo. He also learnt playing the Sarangi, flute, and Ghada. A popular performer of Chhakri, Rauf, and other forms of folk music of Kashmir, Shri Ghulam Hassan Sofi has been working as an instructor in the Song and Drama Division of the Government of India from 1967. In the course of his work he has trained a large number of staff artistes of the Division. He has also composed music for several films and television features. Shri Ghulam Hassan Sofi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the folk music of Kashmir.