In the abstract alignment of musical notes lies the gift to transcend boundaries. An evening which celebrated this ubiquitous nature of music, ‘Music for Peace', did just that.

In an attempt to dilute the brewing animosity between India and Pakistan, the event,organised by the Routes to Root foundation in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations brought two ghazal maestros, Jagjit Singh and Asif Mehdi, to captivate the jam-packed audience.

The evening started with Pakistan-based ghazal whiz Asif Mehdi, son of the legendry Mehdi Hassan. “Pyaar bhare do sharmeele nain” crooned Mehdi, and had the audience mesmerised. The high point of the music was the beautiful rhythmic dialogue between the tabla and the singer. The audience kept begging for more to which the singer politely obliged.

Next on stage, amidst thunderous applause, was the man who has conquered all our hearts with his soulful singing. The genre of semi classical music is his domain. Jagjit Singh ensured that his personality does not overshadow his equally trained musicians and requested them all to let their music introduce them. As he sang one popular ghazal after another, his voice created a sublime atmosphere. Expectedly, Ghalib's “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” stirred every soul in the auditorium.

On the occasion, Dr Karan Singh said, “I am very happy that Pakistani artists are coming to India. India and Pakistan have always shared a melodious relationship. Lately there's too much enmity between us. Let us now love each other and what better way than music.”

The evening also saw the launch of Surinder Malik's collection of classical Urdu poetry in Hindi. The singers also performed some of his ghazals.

AMRAH ASHRAF

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