Colour of the heart

JAMMU, AUG. 14. It was the perfect setting for people-to-people contact between India and Pakistan. Six women artistes, including one of Pakistani origin from three different continents came together to perform a powerful dance drama choreographed by the acclaimed danseuse, Mallika Sarabhai.

Among the 1000-strong audience was the People's Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti, who is herself a champion of good relations between the neighbours. Although the event, titled `Colour of the heart' was devoid of any political message, the centre of attraction was Samia Malik, a Pakistani by origin, who now is a schoolteacher in Britain.

She became the first Pakistani artiste to perform in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 10 years.

When asked about the official statement of the Pakistan Government that it had not given permission to any artiste to perform in the State, Ms. Malik shot back: "I am not representing any country and I have given myself the permission to perform here."

The main theme of the dance drama was the suffering of women all around the world. It gave a call to celebrate diversity and womanhood.

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