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Love is in air for Indo-Pak artists

Art seems to be bridging the great Indo-Pakistan divide both countries seem to be in luck with about half a dozen artists finding love across the border.

world Updated: Nov 03, 2008 11:44 IST

Art seems to be bridging the great Indo-Pakistan divide both countries seem to be in luck with about half a dozen artists finding love across the border.

Though the crossing over is not easy and is considered as an "act of insanity", these artist-couples are staking their all and giving love a chance.

"Me marrying an Indian or him marrying a Pakistani is an act of courage and of huge historical relevance much more important than any ministerial exchange, wouldn't you think?" Sana Khan (name changed), a famous Pakistani artist who found her soul mate in India, told PTI.

Khan, who married a reputed artist from eastern India, sees her husband and herself as "cultural ambassadors". "This is potentially an interesting trend in future relations," she pointed out.

Her decision to marry an Indian wasn't easy. "My parents are originally from India, so it was too much of a reversal of history for them, that I would move back. They have 'explained away' India from their minds for psychological reasons and to hear of me moving back, of course, filled them with trepidation," he said.

"Everyone in their right minds knows that an Indo-Pakistan marriage can be a logistical nightmare and wouldn't wish that for their child. It's a very strong political divide. Though for the couples concerned, the marriage and the move is a natural enough thing to do if you care for each other for society at large it's an act of insanity."