JULY 2001- Contents


Indo-Pak Focus
50Year Photo Retrospective

The 'People' Effort

Agra Summit- the happier moments

Begum Sehba Musharraf's time in India

Cuisine Diplomacy

Open Letter to the General and the PM

Indo-Pak Reconciliation School

Kiran Bedi's screen debut 

Fashion & Lifestyle
By the Young, for the Young' 

Fashion Graduates - India

Pakistan School of Fashion Design

Adopting Historic sites

Benoy Behl- documenting
India's ancient art

Preventive Medicine - How it

Aamir Khan - an interview

Adnan Sami

'United for Gujarat' - the first South Asian concert'

Travel & Adventure
Dr. Kamal Vilku -India's first lady in Antarctica

Speaking Stones - Heritage
Sites in India


Editor's Note


the craft shop

the print gallery




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'United for Gujarat'

- the First South Asian Concert

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Three countries and one stage!


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Bangladeshi band 'Miles; Pakistan's Junoon; Mohit Chauhan of India's 'Silk Route'
playing together for one cause - the earthquake victims of Gujarat.


"If all of us can stand on the same stage and play together and have

no animosity against each other why can't they (politicians) do the

same," Euphoria's singer Palash Sen

"If politicians knew how to rock and roll they wouldn't be

politicians, they would be musicians," lead singer

Hamin Ahmed. lead singer ‘Miles’


Four of South Asia’s most popular bands got together in Delhi in May and shared the stage for the first time in the subcontinent's history of pop music. Pakistan's Junoon, Bangladeshi Miles , and two local groups from Delhi -Euphoria and Silk Route were at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to raise funds for the Rebuilding of Gujarat – a truly ‘concerted’ effort – for they were all there for a cause and were performing free.

The event was organised by Unity Media Enterprise and "the concept was mooted by Pakistan’s ‘Junoon’ and India’s ‘Silk Route’ – both wanted to do something for the quake victims."

‘Junoon’, well known and loved in South Asia for their brand of Sufi ‘rock’, and for their message of regional peace and harmony, have among their millions of fans, none other than the Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. ‘Junoon’ were visiting Delhi, a city that clearly loves them, two years after their last concert here in 1999. "A love song from Pakistan to India" is what they performed first, followed , of course, by Sayonee and Iqbal’s Khudi ko kar buland itna. The group’s lead guitarist Salman Ahmed was recently appointed as UN’s Ambassador to promote awareness on Aids.

‘Miles’, who have been playing now for over two decades, played their mellow folk rhythms and some western melodies too.

‘Euphoria’ and ‘Silk Route’ entertained the crowds with their hit numbers from their various albums and Palash Sen (Euphoria) also rendered a medley of songs by the other three groups.

The biggest surprise of the evening came at the end, when Junoon called all the bands on the stage and they sang together. All four said that they looked forward to singing together again. They certainly had the crowds wild and dancing.


About the Bands

Junoon - Salman Ahmed, the leading guitarist, Ali Azmat, the lead singer, and Brian O'Connel, the bass guitarist. It was formed in 1990.

Euphoria - Palash "Polly" Sen, the lead singer

Silk Route - Mohit Chauhan, the lead singer, Kem Trivedi and Kenny Puri.

Miles - a 22-year-old rock band from Bangladesh - band members are Hamin, Shafin, Manam and Turjo




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