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PAKISTANI bands seem to have a special bond with India. "Junoon" mesmerised the entire nation with their Sufi chants and "Sayoni". But time took its toll on the group and lead guitarist SALMAN AHMED found himself stifled. "It isn't that we have broken up. We will collaborate in the future," he said while launching his solo album "Infiniti", "but I wanted to grow beyond Junoon." Ahmed, who trained to be a medical doctor and is also a social activist, said that he would use music to bring a message. "There are three things that threaten society today - AIDS, technology and war on terror. All three are without boundaries and spread like wildfire. The first step would be to coordinate our efforts in fighting them." Music, he believes, is a universal and powerful expression. "It's no point being preachy," explains Ahmed. "It is better to use a medium that people will readily accept."SUCHITRA BEHAL



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