Aconcert will be held on the banks of the picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar on October 7 in which singer Adnan Sami, who renounced Pakistani nationality to become an Indian citizen last year, will belt out his soulful numbers.
Considered to be among the fastest keyboard players around, 46-year-old Sami will be performing at the Sher-e- Kashmir International Convention Centre, located on the lake’s banks, officials said. He is expected to sing the famous qawwali of Sabri brothers Bhar de jholi meri… This song was picturised on Sami in the Salman Khan-starer Bajrangi Bhaijaan at Pahalgam, a tourist destination located 100 km from Srinagar. Sami is also expected to sing his famous numbers like Lift kara de and Kabhi toh nazar mila do at the special concert organised by the Union home ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir government. “Kashmir is not only about violence. It is a lively place with full of culture, music, art and tourism. We want to send this message through the concert,” Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday. Sami was born in London to a Pakistani diplomat father and his mother was from Jammu and Kashmir. The singer relocated to India in the late 1990s and took Indian nationality on January 1, 2016 after giving up his Pakistani citizenship. This joint initiative of the home ministry and the state government was taken to send a message that Kashmiri society is associated with religious harmony and the Sufi tradition, an official said. The state is also known for Kashmiriyat, the ethnic, national, social and cultural consciousness of the Kashmiri people, the official said.