Srinagar, Jun 20: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt General (Retd) S K Sinha, highlighting the importance of music in our daily lives, said music believes in no boundaries and has the capacity to transcend barriers to reach hearts and souls.
Sufism links the souls with the creator and spreads the messages of brotherhood, peace, amity and tolerance, General Sinha said at the opening ceremony of the three-day Sufi festival here last evening.
The festival being jointly organised by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Indian Council for Cultural Relations and J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages is held in collaboration with the departments of Information.
The Governor said this spirit has connected people together and helped in creating harmony in society.
He described Kashmir as an abode of saints and Sufis and said its glorious ethos make it unique in the world.
He said the Amarnath yatra is a singular symbol of Kashmir's rich pluralistic ethos, through which the message of togetherness and peace spreads all along.
General Sinha said that artists of Central Asia are also participating in the 3-day musical bonanza while the artists of Pakistan have been performing since the inception of this event.
The festival has been organised to commemorate the 50 years of the establishment of J&K Cultural Academy and to bring home the message that Kashmir, which over the ages has symbolised peace, mutual harmony and togetherness, still has the image of being an abode of rishis, sufis and munis.
Kashmir has always accepted the message of peace and love through any faith that ever preached it, he added.