Nainital, Oct.24 : A visiting group of Pakistani singers enthralled music lovers in Nainital with the melody of their soulful songs during the annual autumn festival.
The Pakistani singers won hundreds of hearts with their renditions, which strengthened the general belief that music was a universal language and it transcends geographical boundaries.
The singers demonstrated that music could lay a firm foundation of Indo-Pak friendship.
"It's very beautiful. The love and the affection that we have got and the enthusiasm that we have noticed in the people here, makes us feel that there is no difference whether we are in Pakistan or India. The message is that there is no difference between India and Pakistan. There is brotherly feeling in the people of both the countries for one another," said Nayla Jahan, a Pakistani singer.
Habib Ali, a popular singer from Pakistan, said during the festival that the music is the voice of soul. It spreads the message of love.
"Music is love...If a person is tensed and he listens to music, he feels happy. So music is a medium, which spreads feelings of love everywhere...I want that we will continue coming to India to perform and good artistes from India will come to perform in Pakistan. We wish that Allahtallah would retain the feeling of love in the people of both the countries. There will be no tussle between both " said Habib Ali, the Pakistani singer.
Farha, another Pakistani artiste, opined that both India and Pakistan were not short of artistes. And, both countries have tradition of music, be it vocal or instrumental, or performing arts.
"Both Pakistan and India are rich in musical heritage. Both the countries have a number of artistes and singers. We are not two countries; India and Pakistan are one. There is a feeling of brotherhood in the people of both the countries. The people in both the countries have feelings of love for each other. When Indians come to Pakistan, we give them love and honour. In the same way, when we come here to India we receive lot of love from the people here," said Farha Lal, another Pakistani singer.
The singers, visiting Nainital for the first time, said that the place is one of God's most beautiful creations. They expressed a desire to return here again and again.
Deriving its name from the Naini Lake around which the town is located, Nainital is a major tourist destination in the Kumaon Himalayan region of Uttarakhand State.
The five-day autumn festival started concluded on Wednesday (October 22). By Vipul Goel