Indian and Pakistani artistes share the stage during annual Saanjh: Amritsar-Lahore Festival
Classical dance enthusiasts in Amritsar were pleasantly surprised as they got the rare chance to savour Kathak, one of the eight forms of Indian classical dances, with a Pakistani tinge, when Nighat Chaodhary, a Kathak exponent from Pakistan, got on stage to present the same in her inimitable style.
The event was the 12th edition of the annual Saanjh: Amritsar-Lahore festival jointly hosted by Amritsar-based Punarjyot and Lahore-based Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop in collaboration with Zeal for Unity, a unique peace initiative of Zee Entertainment Limited.
Hosted against the backdrop of Pul Moran, the epitome of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s relationship with a courtesan named Moran, situated near the Indo-Pak border, artistes from India and Pakistan again shared the stage again during Saanjh, thus reiterating the need for promoting mutual peace and bonhomie through the exploration of shared heritage and cultural roots.
The performance lineup for this year included renditions by Sain Zahoor Ahmed, Nighat Chaodhary, from Pakistan, and Deveshi Sahgal and Lakhwinder Wadali, from India.
Stating that Saanjh is all about spreading peace, which stands violated every now and then by mindless acts of terror, Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Punarjyot, said that the caravan of Saanjh had a new partner this year, with Zeal for Unity getting on board the peace train.
“My parents along with Mr Faizaan Peerzada, former COO, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Lahore, ignited this candle to teach people to live and let others live. It is not only my pleasure and prerogative to keep this flame aloft and ignited, but also mine and my team’s desire to take initiatives that can help in making Saanjh more effective,” said Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Punarjyot.
Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Director and Managing Trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society, while thanking the public for supporting the peace building measures sponsored by Punarjyot and RPTW, Lahore, reiterated his commitment to ensure that the caravan of Saanjh continues.
Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, Mr. Usman Peerzada, CEO, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Lahore, Mr. Sadaan Peerzada, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Lahore, and Mrs. Aleena Peerzada, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Lahore, also addressed the gathering.
The event witnessed the presence of art loves, scholars, intellectuals, political leaders and administrative officials from across the circles.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema,