Varanasi’s famous Sankat Mochan Temple mybanaras
Ghulam Ali performing during last year’s event indianexpress
Ali performed to a ‘packed house’ at the temple premises in Varanasi on April 26 evening, beginning the show with his famous alaap and a thumari: “Yaad to usey karu jise kabhi bhulaya ho maine”.
He took part in a six day music festival in Varanasi which will see performances of nearly 60 other renowned artistes, said Vishwambhar Nath Mishra, Mahant (head priest) of Sankat Mochan temple.
He told the priest that the kind of internal peace he found at the Sankat Mochan temple during his last performance was “unparalleled”.
Pakistani ghazal legend Ghulam Ali indianexpress
It must be noted that his event was cancelled by a Delhi hotel allegedly over a threat by the fringe group Hindu Sena. While cancelling the press interaction, hotel officials allegedly cited threats by the Hindu Sena as well as the Bajrang Dal, an outfit affiliated to the RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
The Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh is held every year in the unique setting of the famous Sankat Mochan temple and is almost continuing from past 70-90 years.
Musicians performing during last year’s show vidyadharmishra
The other artistes who are scheduled to perform at the event are Singer Anup Jalota, classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, classical flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, classical singers Rajan and Sajan Mishra, violinist L Subramaniam, Dancer Sonal Mansingh, santoor player Bhajan Sapori, vocalist Pandit Vishwamanth among others.