While the global health situation is getting terrible with each passing day, artists from all around the world are trying to alleviate the panic. Similarly, singers from both sides of the border, Pakistan and India are also seen teaming up through live sessions on social platforms.
The cross-border collaborations are mainly to lift up the spirits of the fans caught up in this vicious coronavirus pandemic. Recently, a melodious collaboration between Indian veteran singer Rekha Bhardwaj and Pakistan’s legendary singer Farida Khanum became the center of attention. A snippet from the amazing live session was shared by the dashing Ali Sethi on his official Instagram.
Here’s the clip that gathered massive appreciation
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Here is a full video from our historic session yesterday. If there’s anything we can learn in this difficult time, let it be the value of cooperation across borders. LOVE CONQUERS ALL ♥️♥️♥️ A very special thanks to Faridaji’s genius granddaughter @mehrunnisaiamin for setting this up, and to @anthonysoshil and @bhangusayeen for making the video #alisethi #rekhabhardwaj #vishalbhardwaj #faridakhanum #india #pakistan #lockdown #coronavirus #music #collaboration
However, as always, the deteriorated ties between the two countries deprived the fans of such pleasure in these desperate times. Yet again, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has stopped the Indian artists from collaborating any further. As per an Indian news publishing outlet, singers went live with Pakistan’s Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
What the Indian Film Board is saying?
Stating to halt all such collaborations from happening further, FWICE imposed a threat on Indian artists. ”We are in pain to inform all members that despite being fully aware that FWICE has given a total non-cooperation circular advising all members not to work in any manner whatsoever with all Pakistani artistes, singers, and technicians,” it read.
The statement further added, ”Some members are blatantly violating the non-cooperation circular. They are working in various modes and media of entertainment. Like a recent instance in which our musicians went online with singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan which was seen online. We have got information that more such entertainment products and songs are under process.”
A warning for Indian artists
Reiterating the earlier warning, FWICE adapted a much aggressive approach against the collaborating singers this time. ”We have to strictly inform all the members of our affiliates. Kindly note that the Non- Cooperation Circular is valid and subsisting. Anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers, and technicians, in any mode or media of entertainment will be subject to strict disciplinary action initiated by FWICE which everyone may please note.”
”One should also realize that while the entire world is fighting against the coronavirus, Pakistan is still busy killing our soldiers on the borders. Kindly note no violation of this circular will be allowed. We are sure all members will follow our advice in their interest,” the statement concluded.
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