AMRITSAR: A night full of bhajan’s , hymns, Sufi songs and Qawali’s is what the Karachi based Hindu NGO Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust (PHSWT) has planned for entering in the New Year while carrying forward the message of peace and promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue for a peaceful coexistence.
“Today we held a meeting in the office of Arts Council and began the process of enrolling singers and qawal’s with PHSWT who would be performing during bhajan and quawali night on December 31st” said Sanjesh Dhanja while talking to TOI on Tuesday while adding that qawali’s with only spiritual and religious lyrics would be sung during the function.
He observed that such a functions in Pakistan would help create awareness about Hindu community , their traditions and beliefs and would help bring down the incidents of discrimination against them. Administrator, PHSWT Zahid Hussain Channa said that during the meeting they had decided to extend invitation to famous Sufi singer and a qawal Abida Parveen and a Karachi based Kathak dancer Sheema Kirmani. He said a lot of Hindu instrument players perform with Abida.
While stressing on the need of interfaith dialogue to dispel myths and misunderstandings between different communities Channa said Hindu and Muslim singers attached with PHSWT had already begun rehearsals for the proposed programme. “There can’t be a better way than this to celebrate arrival of a New Year” Channa said.
Another activist of PHSWT Aman Chanal said they had been organizing several events in Karachi and other parts of Pakistan on different occasions which had helped bridge difference with Muslim community and that was the reason that many of them were active member and partners of PHSWT. He said such events provided cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between different communities . “That’s what we aim through our bhajan and qawali night on New Year ” he said.