The ties between India and Pakistan should further improve and the bond of friendship should be strengthened, Pakistan ghazal maestro Gulam Ali Khan today said.
"India and Pakistan are like two brothers fighting. The two countries must live with love and shed any ill feeling between them," he said. Only if we live with love and friendship for each other, we will remain strong and be able to face stronger forces, he told reporters here.
"We are praying to Allah that things should improve between the two countries," he said.
The restrictions on the movement of artists and singers between the two countries have reduced, he said.
On music composer A R Rehaman, he said "I would love to work with him". We have plans to work together, and we met at Dubai in this regard', he said. Rehaman was a knowledgeable person and had crafted a unique style of his own, he said.
On his association with lyricist Gulzar, Ali said he had worked with him for the musical album 'Visaal' which was a good experience.
Remembering the "unparalled legend" Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, from whom he learnt to sing ghazals, he said he respected him very much.
Ghulam Ali said this was his second visit to Kerala. He had visited the state in Feburary for the Malabar Mahotsav.
"When I came here for the first time, I felt I had come here before several times. I do not think I am a great singer. But the people of the state have showered so much of respect and love on me", he said.
The singer enthralled the audience at a performance here tonight where he sang many of his popular ghazals.
From Pakistan, two or three artists have come to India and maestros like late Pt Bismillah Khan and Hariprasad Chaurasia, singers Jagjit singh and Daler Mehendi have all performed in Pakistan.
"We want the restrictions to further decrease", he said. Very few artists from Pakistan have come to India as most of the upcoming singers are not popular here and only popular ones get invited, he said.
There was demand for more pop singers as there is lot of "sound and fury", which attracts the younger generation. The younger crop of singers do not have the patience to wait for 20 years honing their music. They want instant popularity, he said.