Telugu ghazal singer on peace mission to Afghanistan

By Mohammed Shafeeq,

Hyderabad, Sep 22 (IANS) A popular Telugu ghazal singer Ghazal Srinivas, who holds the Guinness World Record for singing in most languages at one concert, is on a peace mission to war-torn Afghanistan.

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Srinivas Tuesday left for Kabul on a 10-day peace mission at the invitation of Maiwand Bank of Afghanistan. He will be the guest of honour in the peace day and Eid celebrations of Maiwand Bank Sep 25.

Kesiraju Srinivas, popularly known as Ghazal Srinivas, will be performing in Pashto, Dari, Balochi, and Arabic languages during the peace day celebrations.

Srinivas told IANS that his tour was part of his plans to spread the peace message of Mahatma Gandhi across the world.

He will be performing Oct 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and International Non-violence day, at the Indian embassy in Kabul.

An audio album “Doosti-Sol” rendered by Srinivas will be released during the celebrations and the same will be dedicated to India-Afghanistan friendship and peace.

Srinivas would also address Indians, especially Telugus, musicians, literary personalities and peace activists.

The singer set a Guinness World Record by singing in 76 languages at a concert at Vijayawada June 2 and 3 last year. He received the certificate for his feat from Guinness in November.

The singer also plans to sing at peace concerts in Iraq besides, Iran, South Africa and Middle East.

“Gandhiji’s message is more relevant today as there is violence everywhere. I will do my best through singing in different countries to spread his message of non violence,” said Srinivas, who participated in a peace walk from Delhi to Multan in 2005.

Hailing from Palakol in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, Srinivas has sung 600 ghazals since 1986. The ghazals were penned by eminent Telugu poets C. Narayan Reddy. He himself has also written a few ghazals.