India and Pakistan might not agree on many things, but the Qawwali tradition doesn’t seem to be one of them.
The two countries have agreed to work together to put the shared legacy of Qawwali tradition listed with the heritage list of UNESCO. This was decided at the foreign secretary level meetings between the two countries on July 4 and 5 in New Delhi and is part of the confidence-building measures.
Efforts will now be directed at filing a joint nomination dossier to get the Qawwali tradition included in the list of intangible heritage of the humanity by the UNESCO. The proposal for India and Pakistan working together in this regard had been lying in the cold storage for a year.
The Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music is popular in India and Pakistan "This could be a confidence building measure as both countries share the legacy of Qawwali tradition," explained an Indian official.
The List of Intangible Cultural Heritage list is composed of intangible heritage elements that "concerned communities and States Parties" consider require urgent measures to keep them alive.
But true to the Indo-Pak ties, another proposal by India to honour the Qawwali tradition is still in a limbo.
During the last year's foreign secretary level talks, India had proposed to set up a joint research institute in the name of sufi poet . Officials say they are waiting to hear from Pakistan in this regard.