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SALWARS with laces, dupattas that look like a chaddar and kundan jewellery...if you happen to come across any of these in the city, do not be surprised! This city is catching on with what is Pakistani with open arms.
What are geographical boundaries for music and fashion so counter the city dwellers ..
Manjinder Kaur, a resident of Sarabha Nagar, says, ‘‘What do we have to do with politics. It is between the two governments. Good things should be admired openly and if they have good singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, we cannot critcise them just because they are from other country. You can not restrict the music to a particular area.’’ She further said, ‘‘I am very sure even the residents of Pakistan must be enjoying the melodies of Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle.’’
Harvinder Singh of Planet M says, ‘‘Pakistani music cassettes sell like hot cakes and sometimes we get out of stock as well. These days Ali Zafar is on everybody’s lips and still one can see the craze for Pakistani band Junoon.’’
For ghazal lovers the craze is for Tahira, Iqbal Bano and Abida Parveen. He further says, ‘‘The political standoffs between the two nations has nothing to do with music. The customers between 15 years to 30 years don’t talk about Indo-pak relations, in fact, they simply appreciate the music and the singers.’’
Meenu Aggarwal, a resident of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, echoes the same opinion and says, ‘‘Pakistani music is really soulful and different from re-mixes. I don’t categorise the music. I prefer meaningful, soothing, and touching music and I don’t mind whether it is Indian or Pakistani.’’
A salesman of Music World revealed, ‘‘We are selling numerous Pakistani albums and these days Fakhir is on the hot list. And mostly people aging between 20-30 years go for this kind of music.’’
The most popular bands and singers available on these stores are Ali Azmat, Fakhir, Abida Parveen, Tahira, Iqbal Bano and Junoon. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is an all time favourite, says Harvinder Singh.