Srinagar, June 21 : Singers of Qawali genre of Sufi music from Pakistan enthralled the audience on Friday, in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir.
The event aimed to promote the virtues of peace, harmony and love, turned out to be a marvelous evening of traditional music, developed many centuries ago by the Sufi saints.
"Sufism, Sufi music and Sufi art and all the activities related to it have a great potential to promote peace, harmony, love, affection and tolerance. That is the reason behind organizing this event," said Zaffer Manhas, secretary, Academy of Art, Culture and Languages of Jammu and Kashmir government.
The singers taking part in the musical carnival said that music with its wide impact has the force to bind the people across the world as it has no boundaries.
"Music is the only thing which has such a binding force to unite not only India and Pakistan but the whole world. Music has the capability to transcend all the barriers of caste, class, creed and religion. We perform across the world for every community. I am here in India to perform that's a matter of great joy for me," said Amjad Khan Sabri, a singer from Pakistan.
The echoes of the musical evening will reverberate in the memories of the audience for a long time.
"Kashmir derives a lot of inspiration from Sufism. We are fond of Qawali music. I like Qawali the most," said Shahnaz from the audience.
Sufism developed as a movement during the medieval times for promoting peace and harmony among different communities, especially the Hindu and the Muslim.
For a few years now, both India and Pakistan have shown interest in developing people to people contacts, to bring the two neighbours closer.