While India and Pakistan have an ongoing rivalry which spans from cricket to politics, there is a lighter side to their sometimes tumultuous relationship – music. Both countries boast incredible performers and this talent transcends boundaries, as we found in the YouTube comments section.
Taken from the comments section of Coke Studio India and Coke Studio Pakistan, it is evident that music is a tool to unite.
Piyush Mishra’s ‘Husna’ tells the story of two lovers who were separated following the Partition. The lyrics lament on their parting but also how these countries were once the same.
Wo Bulleh Shah ke takriron ke jheene jheene saaye
Wo id ki eidi , lambi namaazein, sevaiyyon ke jhalar
Wo diwali ke diye sang mein baisakhi ke badal
Holi ki wo lakdi jinmein sang sang aanch lagayi
Lohdi ka wo dhuan jismein dhadkan hai sulgayi
Those melodies of Heer and Ranjha haunt me even now (literally come to me and trouble me)
Those fine speeches of Bulleh Shah
The gifts of eid, the long namaaz sessions, the tassel like vermicelli sweets
The lamps of Diwali and the clouds in Baisakhi
The fire from the burnt woods on Holi which we lit together
The smoke from the Lohdi fire which lit up our hearts
The lyrics of ‘Husna’ reflect on how similar both countries are and how once Diwali, Baisakhi and Eid were all celebrated together. Artists like Abida Perween, Rahat Ali Khan and Amjad Sabri, who often sing tradition folk songs have the power in their music to overcome borders. The evidence of which can be seen in the comments section.
This year marked 70 years since the Partition, to celebrate this, Indian music group VoxChord recorded an acapella version of the Pakistani National Anthem ‘dedicated to their neighbours’. A few days later a ‘Peace Anthem’ was released merging both Nation Anthem’s together.
‘When we open our borders to art, peace comes along.’