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The two unique and memorable events that South Asia Foundation (SAF) organized in Srinagar to commemorate the Bhakti-Sufi-Rishi culture of Kashmiriyat, featured a jointly held India/Pakistan music concert Junoon and the Singhs, and an unprecedented exhibition of paintings by South Asian women artists.
Madanjeet Singh narrates an account of these events, providing insights into age-old links between the music and art of South Asia and the pluralist culture and legacy of Kashmiriyat.
At the inaugural ceremony of the Institute of Kashmir Studies on 26 May 2008, Madanjeet Singh presented President Pratibha Patil with a copy of his book, This My People, to which Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru handwrote a preface. shortly after India’s Partition in 1947. Published in 1989, its several language editions were reviewed and acclaimed worldwide. The French weekly L’Express wrote a three-page article and the eminent art critic of The International Herald Tribune, Souren Melikian called it an ‘astonishing book of photographs (see cover image of Aasi), a mental journey through the India Madanjeet loves so much’. The famous film producer, Ismail Merchant, praised the aesthetic merits and historical value of the book’ in a full-page review published in The New York Times.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS