“This was the first Indian tour since the 26/11 attacks. It was a good ice-breaker.” – Faisal Kapadia
Strings front man talks to Instep about touring India, the local concert circuit and the high of performing at the recently concluded Twenty20 match between Pakistan and New Zealand…
Before Jal‘s tour of India, Strings were touring across the border and have returned home this week. “This was our first Indian tour since the 26/11 attacks. We performed in Delhi twice, once in Jaipur and once at Bangalore,” Faisal Kapadia told Instep in a telephonic conversation.
The long-term consequences, as Faisal Kapadia (Strings front man) had pointed out earlier, stand true. It took eight years for cultural exchange to develop between the two countries. It was because the door to India was finally opening up, enough for a Lollywood diva to debut in Bollywood with Mahesh Bhatt’s Nazar. Atif Aslam‘s career took off and he is flying high since. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and so many others became bigger entities at home and across the border as a result. Since 26/11 attacks, things have been at a standstill but it seems the fog is clearing. Slowly, things may be changing once again.