Ghulam Ali’s upcoming concert faced the same fate as Atif Aslam’s concert in Pune — it was forcefully cancelled due to protests by India’s far right party, Shiv Sena.
However, the noted ghazal singer was more upset about the matter than angry. In an interview wth NDTV, Ghulam Ali expressed his disappointment at the unfortunate turn of events.
“I’m not angry, but very hurt. I have always got love in India,” he said.
“The concert was a tribute to Jagjit Singh [prominent Indian ghazal singer]. He was like a brother to me. Such controversies spoil the sur of music,” he added.
The concert was cancelled after the organisers met Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray. ”Our meeting with Uddhav was good. The program will take place, but Ghulam Ali is not coming for the program,” Randhir Ranjan Roy, the organiser, said.
According to NDTV, Shiv Sena was extremely vocal about cutting all ties with Pakistan and refused any form of cultural collaboration. “We are against any form of cultural association with Pakistan. We cannot have ties with a country that kills our soldiers. They are against us; why should we let their singers perform here?” said Akshay Badrapurkar, general secretary of Shiv Sena’s umbrella organisation Chitrapat Sena.
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Badrapurkar warned the organisers to cancel the music concert which is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 9, at Shanmukhanand Hall in Matunga, Mumbai.