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LAHORE, June 26, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Rangers (black uniform) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel perform the flag off ceremony at the Pakistan-India Wagah Border near eastern Pakistan's Lahore on June 25, 2016. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal/IANS) by .

A unique event will mark the 70th anniversary of a key moment in world history that has shaped the lives of more than 2.5 million people living in the UK today….reports Asian Lite News

LAHORE, June 26, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Rangers (black uniform) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel perform the flag off ceremony at the Pakistan-India Wagah Border near eastern Pakistan's Lahore on June 25, 2016. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal/IANS) by .

The Musical Memories concert at Bradford’s Aagrah Midpoint restaurant on Wednesday 16 August will celebrate the birth of India and Pakistan by paying tribute to ten legendary singers who have been revered in both countries since 1947. But the real stars of the show will be six older people who witnessed history in the making and will share their memories of Independence with the audience.

‘In these turbulent and stressful times it’s more important than ever to appreciate the shared culture of Britain’s south Asian communities,’ says Mohammed Ali OBE, chief executive of QED Foundation, which is helping to organise the concert. This is the first event of its kind in the UK where there will be no political speeches, no sad memories and no mulling over contentious issues.

‘It will unite Indians and Pakistanis and help people from other backgrounds to find out just how much we have in common.’

QED Foundation has teamed up with two other not-for-profit organisations, Oriental Arts and Asian Virsa, to bring four popular singers and leading London-based orchestra Harmony to Bradford. The concert will be hosted by Adeeba Malik CBE and guests will enjoy a three-course meal.

“It gives me immense pleasure to be involved in such a unique occasion”, says Oriental Arts artistic director Champak Kumar.

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Pakistan ghazal singer Gulam Ali

“During a 41-year career in cultural industries, I have organised many, many events but this one is like my dream come true”, he added.

Asian Virsa executive director Harjap Singh Pooni said that Musical Memories was an excellent opportunity to build on the success of his organisation’s recent Creative Connections workshops, which brought people from different ethnic backgrounds together to enjoy artistic activities.

Thanks to support from the Aagrah restaurant group, Bradford Council, Bradford College and Sir George Martin Trust, tickets for the concert will be available for just £20 a head or £30 for VIP seating. To avoid disappointment people are advised to book a place as soon as possible by contacting Champak Kumar on 07769 830476, Harjap Singh Pooni on 07835 060691 or Mohammed Ali on 07812 010918.

For more information contact Mohammed Ali on 01274 545000 or 07812 010918, email m.ali@qed-uk.org or visit www.qed-uk.org