Famous ghazal singer Ghulam Ali has reportedly canceled all his future concerts in India till bilateral issues are resolved. The Pakistani singer, according to CNN-IBN report, has been hurt by “the politics” played over his concerts.
Following his statement, all his concerts, including the one in Delhi, which is due on December 3, and in Lucknow on November 25, have apparently been canceled.
Earlier, Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai on October 8 was canceled following the objection raised by BJP-ally Shiv Sena.
Reacting to the cancellation, the musical maestro had said, “I’m not angry but very hurt. I have always got love in India.” “The concert was a tribute for Jagjit Singh. He was like a brother to me,” the Chupke Chupke Raat Din singer told a TV channel , adding, “Such controversies spoil the sur of music.”
“The programme was important for me as it marked Jagjit’s death anniversary. And that’s why I got tense and thought that the move was wrong. It shouldn’t have happened. Jagjit was like a brother to me and whenever I met him we looked like one, not from India or Pakistan,” the veteran singer had said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, reacting to the Shiv Sena’s act, had said that his government will ensure full-proof security to the ghazal legend if he still wishes to perform in the city.
“We will not hesitate to put behind bars and prosecute anybody, even somebody from our party or our friends (referring to Shiv Sena) who breaks the law. When Ghulam Ali ji was to perform in Mumbai, we had announced full security for him. But before we could formally communicate with them, they decided to back out,” Fadnavis said.
Meanwhile, Censor board member Ashok Pandit appreciated the Ghulam Ali’s decision. “Ghulam Ali has taken the right decision. I appreciate this decision. Other artists from Pakistan should also take the lead and decide not to come to India till their country starts behaving well with our soldiers. I appreciate he understands that Pakistan is killing our soldiers. They cannot be using India as an ATM. I have never seen him criticise what Pakistan has been doing,” Pandit said, according to the report.