Monday, November 06, 2006

Building peace bridge between India, Pak through Sufi Music Festival

Online News Network - Pakistan
Saturday, June 10, 2006

The process to build cultural bridges between India and Pakistan continues! In yet another endeavour to build bridges of peace with Pakistan through culture, a Sufi Music Festival featuring artists from India and Pakistan, will be held in Jammu and Kashmir from June 11-15.

Being organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Amarnath Shrine Board, the five day festival will have Indian artists like the renowned sufi singer Zila Khan (daughter of Mucial maestro Vilayat Khan), one of the greatest exponents of Sufi Kathak Manjari Chaturvedi, famous Santoro exponent Shiv Kumar Sharma and qawwali exponents Ghulam Sabir and Ghulam Waris (popularly known as Nizami brothers) share the stage with famed Pakistani artists like sufiana singers Naeem Abbas, Farhana Aijaz and Umrao Mazar Bundu Khan.

’’The holding of the festival is a part of the endeavour by the ICCR to build bridges between India and the World through a range of activities to promote cultural exchange between nations,’ ICCR Director general Pawan K Verma told newspersons here.

Though this festival, he said, the ICCR was also striving to build bridges of peace with Pakistan through culture

.’’The essential message of Sufism is one of universal love and harmony. What makes it further significant is the fact that it is being held in Srinagar and that too at this juncture,’’ Mr Verma said.

The festival will be inaugurated on June 11 by the Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor S K Sinha while Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will be the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Sufi singer Zila Khan said, ’the significance of the festival lies in the fact that it is for the first time that such an event is having the participation of Pakistani artists.’’ ’’The participation of Pakistan artists that too in an even being held in Jammu and Kashmir is a step in the direction to further people-to-people contacts between the neighbouring countries through the medium of culture,’’ Mr Verma said.

’’Holding of such events signifies that no matter what the political differences between countries, bridges of peace can be built through the medium of culture, ’’he said.

He expressed the hope that the festival would lay foundation and pave way for further cultural interactions between India and Pakistan.

’’We hope some day we will be able to send Indian artists to Pakistan to spread the message of love and brotherhood,’’ Mr Verma said.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Building peace bridge between India, Pak through Sufi Music Festival
Online News Network - Pakistan
Saturday, June 10, 2006

The process to build cultural bridges between India and Pakistan continues! In yet another endeavour to build bridges of peace with Pakistan through culture, a Sufi Music Festival featuring artists from India and Pakistan, will be held in Jammu and Kashmir from June 11-15.

Being organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in collaboration with the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Amarnath Shrine Board, the five day festival will have Indian artists like the renowned sufi singer Zila Khan (daughter of Mucial maestro Vilayat Khan), one of the greatest exponents of Sufi Kathak Manjari Chaturvedi, famous Santoro exponent Shiv Kumar Sharma and qawwali exponents Ghulam Sabir and Ghulam Waris (popularly known as Nizami brothers) share the stage with famed Pakistani artists like sufiana singers Naeem Abbas, Farhana Aijaz and Umrao Mazar Bundu Khan.

’’The holding of the festival is a part of the endeavour by the ICCR to build bridges between India and the World through a range of activities to promote cultural exchange between nations,’ ICCR Director general Pawan K Verma told newspersons here.

Though this festival, he said, the ICCR was also striving to build bridges of peace with Pakistan through culture

.’’The essential message of Sufism is one of universal love and harmony. What makes it further significant is the fact that it is being held in Srinagar and that too at this juncture,’’ Mr Verma said.

The festival will be inaugurated on June 11 by the Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor S K Sinha while Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will be the chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Sufi singer Zila Khan said, ’the significance of the festival lies in the fact that it is for the first time that such an event is having the participation of Pakistani artists.’’ ’’The participation of Pakistan artists that too in an even being held in Jammu and Kashmir is a step in the direction to further people-to-people contacts between the neighbouring countries through the medium of culture,’’ Mr Verma said.

’’Holding of such events signifies that no matter what the political differences between countries, bridges of peace can be built through the medium of culture, ’’he said.

He expressed the hope that the festival would lay foundation and pave way for further cultural interactions between India and Pakistan.

’’We hope some day we will be able to send Indian artists to Pakistan to spread the message of love and brotherhood,’’ Mr Verma said.

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