A family from Maharashtra reaches out to the people of Pakistan with a message of friendship
The Jawadekar family from Maharashtra - Aalaap, Aarohee, Yogendra and Savita - has a long-standing dream: to compose and sing friendly songs for the people of Pakistan, a country they have been yearning to visit for some time, says Ektara India, a group of media and arts professionals -http://ektaramusic.com/dosti-ka-paigham.html.
"Urdu is not their primarily language and music not their profession, yet they learned to simply communicate their passionate feelings to their friends across the border. Their language and rendering may not be sophisticated, but it is their intention that is more important, especially
keeping in mind the place they hail from," says Ektara. The songs are written and composed by
Yogendra Jawadekar. He and his wife are medical practitioners at Badlapur, a distant suburb of
"People of different religions, languages, cultures from all over India have migrated to this town over the last decade," says Yogendra. "The nature of our profession allows us to interact with all of them on a daily basis. They mingle with each other, help each other in need, celebrate each other's festivals, and in fact, occasionally, even get married outside their caste, linguistic group or religion."
His motivation for these songs likes in the desire for positive change between India and Pakistan, for the border to remain for 'administrative convenience' only, and for the "the wall of hatred" between the people of India and Pakistan to be demolished. He says he has always dreamed of being
part of a movement to make this happen.
"I am proud to be an Indian," he says, but "I need not have animosity for any other country. I am
proud of my Hindu cultural heritage, but need not look down upon any other religion. I believe
that ordinary people think inclusively, are loving by nature, and prefer peace by default, unless
instigated by the political, religious or ethnic 'leaders' for their own vested interests! Why
would a common man in Pakistan want a common man in India harassed?"
"For that matter, why would any ordinary person want to trouble any ordinary person elsewhere?" he
asks. "I wanted to reassure my counterpart on the other side of the border that if s/he had no
enmity for me, I had no hostile feelings for her/him. In fact, not only can we live in peace and harmony, but could even compel our 'leaders' to find lasting political solutions for political
friendship. I wanted to convey this to the common man across the border. I knew that Urdu ghazal
could be an excellent medium of communication." Yogendra occasionally wrote lyrics for an amateur
Marathi group, but Urdu was not his language. He and his family sang as a hobby, not as
"Nevertheless I decided to utilize these skills. I attended a workshop on ghazal writing and tried to be technically as sound as possible. But my idea was clear - the message was more important than the language, the compositions or the recording." He is grateful to members of the group Ektara, particularly Yousuf Saeed, for publishing the CD against all odds, and for "taking the paigham to the people whom it is supposed to reach."
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