After Shiv Shena banned Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali from performing at a concert in Mumbai, the Ghazal maestro is set to perform in the national capital in December, after accepting the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s invitation, to perform in the city.
The Chupke Chupke Raat Din singer, said that, he will be coming to Delhi in December, adding that, he will go wherever people invite him with love.
“Yes I have accepted the invitation and most probably I will be coming in December. I have always said that I will go wherever people invite me with love. I have been coming to India for the past 40 years. So, yes I am happy,” Ali told PTI.
According to reports, AAP chief has talked to the celebrated ghazal singer over phone in the morning and invited him to perform in the capital. “Ghulam Ali Sahib, we are very big fan of yours. It was good talking to you now. Thanks for agreeing to do a program in Delhi in Dec,” Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.
The governments of West Bengal and Delhi, yesterday, had offered to host Ali’s concert, saying music and culture have “no boundaries”, after two events were cancelled in Mumbai and Pune in the face of threats by the Shiv Sena.
“Music has no boundaries. Music is the rhythm of the heart. Ghulam Ali concert can be held in Kolkata,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted. “We will make all arrangements (for the concert),” she added.
Ally BJP, however, had slammed the Shiv Sena’s ban. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis call Sena’s actions “unfortunate”. “My government is willing to give full protection to Ali’s concert in Mumbai. The show must go on. It is unfortunate to drag a world-class, renowned ghazal singer into Indo-Pakistan politics…Pakistan artists are always welcome. Our singers and actors also go to Pakistan and perform. We should respect each other’s culture and talent. Why bring politics into culture?”