India and Pakistan have shared a 5000 year old history together. Born out of the Indus valley Civilaisation, one of the oldest urban civilisation in the world,, they not only share history, but diet, lifestyle and culture as well. As both India and Pakistan celebrate their 60th Independence Year, we pay salute to the denizens of both countries who have tried to bridge the gap created by political selfishness of both countries. Culturally, the borders have all but dissolved, with Indian shows gaining mass popularity in Pakistan, and Pakistani artists gaining the adulation and respect of the Indians all over the world.
We catch up with a few Pakistani artists who are today making waves with their performances on Indian television.
Junaid Mainly with my friends of university and also few fans I made. We used to attend shows and events and even took part in them.
Amanat. I do lot of shows on that day. And interesting part is I sing every type of song, even Indian songs that give out the message for friendship.
Mussarat: I celebrate it with my friends attending shows and all. We all also visit many historical places that day.
Junaid: There is no difference actually. The only one I can see is the difference in the day that’s it.
Amanat: There is actually no diff between the two. It is a wrong picture created by few regarding each others country by some negative elements.
Mussarat: . I don’t find any such diff. In fact everything in both the countries are the same. Why just culture even food clothing all are same.
Junaid: I just don’t know what exactly I like best. I was very scared when I came here first as I had no idea what I would face. But the love I got… I was totally stunned.
Amanat: The best thing I found was the amount of respect they give to artists here. We are nothing as yet but the audience here treats us as if we are big stars.
Mussarat: . The people here are very friendly. They are very good hosts. I am amazed with the respect and love that they have showered on us.
One difference and one similarity between the two countries.
Junaid :There’s nothing different between the two. Everything I am finding is all same.
Amanat :. I can see only similarity here. Can’t find any difference… I don’t understand when there’s no barrier in our hearts why this border between the two countries.
Musarrat :. Everything is the same between the two. Even the friends I have made here are like the ones I have there at home. And I would say just one thing for them all…
Yaara yehi doosti hai,
Kismet se mili hai,
Sang chale, sab rang chale,
Chalte rahey hum sada.