"if there's still a human race here in a hundred years, music will be the reason."
Music is indeed International. There is music everywhere in this era of the Internet. The world's people are united in their appreciation of music.
At Amritsar, in India, near the border, between India and Pakistan, there is a great deal of music and dancing, and this helps build harmonious cross border relationships.
Everyday hundreds of Indians come to the Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan to watch the closing ceremony. Never to disappoint, the ceremony is a huge display of nationalism as both sides blast Bollywood and patriotic songs at competing volumes.
Women and children on the Indian side get up from their seats to dance and pose for photos. And for a brief moment during the ceremony, the gates open briefly as both sides race to remove their flags, and people try to catch a glimpse of their neighbors across the border.
Amritsar (also called Ambarsar) is a city in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab, not far from the border with Pakistan.
At the center of its walled old town is the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), considered the holiest gurdwara, or religious complex, of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar lake, where pilgrims bathe.
Three volunteers in the Golden Temple pose while serving Karah Prashad to visitors of the temple. Prashad is a simple sweet made of butter, sugar, and semolina, and is served in Gurdwaras everywhere from a common bowl, and in equal amounts, to worshipers. Fundamental to Sikhism is the belief in the inherent equality of all people, regardless of gender, occupation, or wealth. The serving of the prashad is one of the many ways Sikhs demonstrate equality in their religious and community practices.
A Sikh man dips in the pool of the Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India. The Temple complex was constructed between 1570 and 1608 and is the holiest Gurdwara in Sikhism. Sikhism is a global faith of 25.8 million people, and a prominent religious minority in India. Dipping in the tank is commonly believed to have therapeutic benefits and cleanses the soul before worship in the temple.
Culture and religions may separate us, but music brings us together.
"I think music is the language of heaven."