The ninth edition of cultural festival Saanjh organised by an Amritsar group and a Lahore-based theatre workshop kicked off with impressive acts by Pakistani performers here on Saturday evening.
The message of all the performances was peace and harmony between India and Pakistan. The festival is being held at Spring Dale Senior School here by Punarjyot of Amritsar and Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop of Lahore.
There were soulful qawalis by Pakistani qawals. Singers such as Sai Zahoor, Mehboob Mian Miri Qawal, Faiz Chishti Qawal, Mehboob Farid Qawal, Deepalpuri Qawal lent an aura of mysticism with their performances Punarjyot director Kirat Sandhu Cheema said her parents had conceived Saanjh to mitigate the hatred between the two neighbouring countries by bringing their masses together through cultural exchange.
Industries and technical education minister Anil Joshi was present at the festival and congratulated the Spring Dale authorities for continuing its effort to promote peace and harmony among the two nations through this cultural initiative.
Spring Dale prinicipal Rajiv Kumar Sharma said the school was committed to holding Saanjh, which was started in 2004 by late Shivinder Singh Sandhu and Manveen Sandhu.
Usman Peerjada, the convener of Rafi Peer, said he was thankful to the efforts made by Spring Dale.