Adnan Sami discusses art, music with locals artists in Srinagar

He is scheduled to perform a musical gala on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Saturday evening

Adnan Sami discusses art, music with locals artists in Srinagar

The Pakistan-origin Bollywood singer Adnan Sami, who is scheduled to perform a musical gala on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Saturday evening, interacted with local artists here where he shared instances from his music journey and life experiences with them.

During the interaction, Sami reflected upon the art and music and their scope in traversing through space and time. "Language of art is a form of communication that transcends all differences created by humans, and reaches above hate to spread a message of peace and harmony," he said.

Sami is expected to sing his famous numbers like ‘Lift kara de’ and ‘Kabhi toh nazar milao’ at the special concert being organised jointly by the Union Home Ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir government. The concert is aimed at promoting tourism and Kashmiri culture amid heightened terror-related violence in the valley. Doordarshan will cover the concert live for its viewers across the country.

Speaking about his experiences of visiting violence-hit Kashmir, Sami, a former Pakistani musician, who voluntarily gave up the country’s citizenship to become Indian, said, “This region hosts a rich culture which has art woven in its roots. The mysticism and Sufism found in Kashmir will continue to inspire me and influence my music so that I can produce rich melodies."

The local artists spoke with Sami about his music, “melodies, present scenario of music in the country, the visible shift from melodies to the westernized genre and about his upcoming concert in the valley.”

Meanwhile, Police have put in place tight security measures for the musical concert. Inspector General of police Kashmir, Muneer Khan said that all security arrangements were in place for the concert.

The government has also appointed 100 liaison officers in connection with musical concert. Nearly 3000 people, including senior government functionaries, are expected to attend the concert.

In May 2008, Junoon, Pakistan's biggest rock band group performed at the same venue.

However, at that time it was opposed by Pakistan based Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salahuddin. In September 2013, Zubin Mehta concert or the literary festival in 2011 faced a severe civil society backlash. However, no political or social group has taken any exception to Sami’s concert so far.

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