Sup­port pours in for Ghu­lam Ali

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal ■ sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

Singers and mu­si­cians of In­dia and Pak­istan are protest­ing against the can­cel­la­tion of leg­endary Pak­istani singer Ghu­lam Ali’s per­for­mance in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day. The event was can­celled ow­ing to protests by the po­lit­i­cal out­fit Shiv Sena.

“Ghu­lam Ali saab and his mu­sic are above and be­yond pol­i­tics. If he can’t per­form it will be our loss, not his (sic),” mu­sic com­poser and singer Vishal Dad­lani wrote on Twit­ter. Pop­u­lar Pak­istani singer, Shafqat Amanat Ali shares the sen­ti­ment, when he says, “Ghu­lam Ali saab, Ashaji, Lata ji, and Kishore ji are re­ally above and be­yond pol­i­tics. It is re­ally sad to see that peo­ple are still fight­ing over petty is­sues. Imag­ine those who were wait­ing to hear him sing, how dis­ap­pointed will they be.” Com­poser Shekhar Ravjiani tweeted “Ghu­lam Ali Saab is our guest ... hon­our his pres­ence.”

De­fend­ing its stand, Shiv Sena said in a state­ment, “We can’t have cul­tural ties with Pak­istan when they kill our sol­diers.” Mean­while, Delhi’s AAP gov­ern­ment has in­vited Ali to per­form in Delhi. “Sad that #Ghu­lamAli is not be­ing al­lowed in Mum­bai, I in­vite him to come to Delhi and do the con­cert. Mu­sic has no bound­aries,” posted Delhi’s cul­ture min­is­ter Kapil Mishra on Twit­ter.

Ghu­lam Ali Saab is our guest... hon­our his pres­ence. Mu­sic knows no bound­aries Shekhar Ravjiani, singer and mu­sic com­poser

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAX­ENA/HT

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