"Saudi Arabia provides a unique space for community members of the subcontinent, including
"We become one united force here, eradicating our respective geographical boundaries," he said. "Music and Urdu literature is our cultural heritage."
Indeed, preserving and promoting this heritage is the aim of this motley group of cultural artists that included poets, singers, composers and event organizers, said Khan.
He described the congregation as a "bouquet of flowers" from the three subcontinent nations.
Khan stressed the need to promote and protect cultural traditions and heritage.
Engaged in identifying new talent from all walks of life and in organizing special socio-cultural events, Khan launched many artists including Chishti.
Chishti, who worked as senior IT executive the last 20 years, has passion for semi-classical music and had earned considerable recognition among the South Asian diaspora for his ghazals and geets.
Chisti was presented with a gift of a copy of the Holy Qur'an, an "ajrak" shawl and a memento.
Participants were given souvenirs consisting of ajwa dates and DVDs of previous events.
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