Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, who is the voice behind Bollywood hits like Mitwa and Tere Naina, feels that music is the only positive connection between the two countries.
Shafqat, who rose to prominence as the lead vocalist of Pakistani pop band Fuzon with hits like Ankhiya and Mora Saiyan is performing in Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chandigarh as part of his tour.
"It's a proud feeling that I am here for a noble cause of bridging the gap between India and Pakistan. At least I am playing my role. The relationship between the two countries has worsened due to some people and the only positive connection we have is through music. The fan following of Pakistani singers in India and vice-versa proves my point," Shafqat told PTI.
Trained in classical music tradition of both India and Pakistan since he was just four-years-old, Shafqat left Fuzon in 2006 to embark on a solo career and has not looked back since then.
"There has been no change in my singing style. It wasn't a very difficult decision to break away from the band, they were insecure of me which I found hard to deal with," he said.
He stepped into Bollywood the same year with Mitwa and is now a recognisable name in Indian films with tracks like Tere Naina for My Name Is Khan and Bin Tere from the movie I Hate Luv Storys.
"So far I have sung only other people's compositions. They want you to sing in their own way but it's been really great. This new experience has been very good and doing play back is very exciting," Shafqat said.
"Mitwa was my first song in Bollywood. It always reminds me of my first step in films so it is very close to my heart. I am also looking forward to work with Vishal Bhardwaj and AR Rahman," he added.