A day after Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai was called off, the acclaimed ghazal singer that the development has left him “hurt”. The concert that was to be held on October 9 was cancelled on Wednesday evening following threats from political group Shiv Sena.
The party protested that a Pakistani artist should not be performing at the event especially looking at the current situation at the Indo-Pak border.
The announcement about the cancellation was made by the organisers of the event, Panache Media, who, after a meeting with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said:
“Ghulam Ali’s programme has been cancelled. Neither Ghulam Ali nor any Pakistani artiste will be performing at the October 9 event.”
The organisers then added that “Uddhav saab” is a huge fan of Ghulam Ali would have himself attended if the concert happened.
“But unfortunately the conditions at the border right now forced them to oppose the concert,” they said. It must be noted that the decision was taken despite Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis snubbing Shiv Sena’s earlier proposal to cancel the concert. He had at that time said that adequate protection would be provided to Ali while pointing out that the concert is organised annually in memory of late ghazal singer Jagjit Singh.
A heartbroken Gulam Ali said:
“Atmosphere is not conducive for me to perform, but such controversies spoil people’s ‘sur’(note). I am not angry, I am hurt. In love, such things don’t happen,”
He then went on to remember Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh addressing him as his “good brother”. Ali said that wherever they met and performed ‘they were one’. Following the organisers announcement, the Delhi government on Thursday invited the Pakistani singer to perform in the national capital instead. Sending an invite to Ali, Delhi’s Culture Minister Kapil Mishra sent out a Tweet early Thursday morning, that said: There has been no official announcement made by the Delhi Government yet, nor has Ali reacted to the invite yet.