`Chhote Ustaad` winners want music ties to bind India, Pakistan

Last Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 14:55 PM IST

Mumbai: India`s Akanksha Sharma and Pakistan`s Rouhan Abbas, the winners of TV reality show `Chhote Ustaad`, feel that music is the only way which can bind the two countries and improve ties between them.

"I think music is the only way through which both India and Pakistan can resolve their differences. When I go back home (Lahore) I will ask my friends to participate in such
shows and also visit India," 13-year-old Rouhan told reporters.

Aakanksha, said, "People of both the countries have a wrong notion about each other. I would definitely in my own little way work to bring in peace through music."

The singing reality show on Star Plus brought together young talent from both the countries under the religion of music. Renowned singers Sonu Niigaam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan were the judges on the show.

Khan, nephew of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, said, films and cricket can bring the two countries together.

"Both countries share common passion and love for films and cricket. Through this, we all must surely try to bring them close. I have always tried to advocate peace on both sides of the border through my singing and will continue to do so," he said.

`Chhote Ustaad` had ten children each from both the countries participating in the competition. Each Pakistani child was paired with an Indian to compete for the title.

Visibly happy after winning the show, both Rouhan and Akansha were all praise for its format.

"The show gave us an opportunity to know Indians. We received a good welcome. People of this country are as good as our very own," Rouhan said.

"The concept of the show is good as it aims to bring peace. It encourages brotherhood between India and Pakistan," 13-year-old Akansha said.

PTI