File images of Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Amid lockdown, several musicians from the two countries have been collaborating on social media.
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has warned Indian singers and musicians against working with Pakistani artistes amid coronavirus lockdown. The Federation issued a strict warning recently and stated that failure to comply with the directive would lead to "strict disciplinary action”.
Amid lockdown, several musicians from the two countries have been collaborating on social media. Pakistan's Ali Sethi has been regularly hosting live sessions and has so far interacted and jammed with Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj, Varun Grover and Shilpa Rao. In the session with Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj, Sethi had even brought in legendary singer Farida Khanum to sing a few lines.
Here is a full video from our historic session yesterday. If there’s anything we can learn in this difficult time, let it be the value of cooperation across borders. LOVE CONQUERS ALL ♥️♥️♥️ A very special thanks to Faridaji’s genius granddaughter @mehrunnisaiamin for setting this up, and to @anthonysoshil and @bhangusayeen for making the video #alisethi #rekhabhardwaj #vishalbhardwaj #faridakhanum #india #pakistan #lockdown #coronavirus #music #collaboration
Such a joy to go live with @shilparao two days ago 💓✌🏾 I so admire her versatility — the way she glides from ghazal to disco — and was thrilled to sing a bit ‘Umraan Langiyaan’ for her dad 😇🙏🏾 Enjoy this montage of our first mulaqaat, which culminates with her iconic #ghungrootootgaye — disco tay khhisko! 👑🌟🎶 #alisethi #shilparao #instalive #paarchanaade #ghungroo
I feel like @vidushak is a pied-piper of our times — someone who leads us, with his songs and screenplays and subversive standup acts, into a happier and always more inclusive place. In our live session the other day I bored him with my rendition of his mashhoor-tareen gaana ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’ (on popular demand!), but I am so-so-so excited to make the tune for ‘Jis Lahore Na Vekhya’ — check tay karo! #instalive #quarantine #lockdown #music #banter #alisethi #varungrover #stayathome #washyourhands
FWICE issued the directive only when a session with Harshdeep Kaur and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was brought to its notice.
“We are pained to inform all members that despite being fully aware that FWICE has issued a total non-cooperation circular advising all members not to work in any manner whatsoever with all Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, some members are blatantly violating the non-cooperation circular,” a letter from FWICE read.
The letter stated that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's concert was not the only instance. "We have been informed that more such Entertainment products and songs are being planned and made. We have to strictly inform all the members of our affiliates to kindly note that the non-cooperation circular is valid and subsisting and anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, in any mode or media of entertainment will be subject to strict disciplinary action,” the letter read.
“One should also realise that while the entire world is fighting against the coronavirus, Pakistan is still busy killing our soldiers on the borders. Kindly note no violation of this circular will be allowed and we are sure all members will follow our advice in their own interest,” it added.
Pakistani artistes were banned from working in India after 2016 Uri attacks in which 18 soldiers were killed and several others were injured.