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There should be no dis­tur­bance in mu­sic ... it knows no bound­aries and can beau­tify re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries

Udit Narayan, singer

Singer Udit Narayan has re­acted strongly to the re­cent can­cel­la­tion of Pak­istani singer Ghu­lam Ali’s con­cert in Mum­bai, fol­low­ing protests from Shiv Sena. “There should be no dis­tur­bances in mu­sic. He has been per­form­ing else­where in In­dia too for many years. I also would like to go to Pak­istan and per­form there,” Narayan said at an event in Lon­don on Sun­day.

The 59-year-old is one of the many celebs from Bol­ly­wood who have re­acted sharply to the protests by the Sena. “In­dia and Pak­istan may be dif­fer­ent coun­tries, but we have sim­i­lar mu­sic, food. Mu­sic knows no bound­aries, mu­sic alone can beau­tify re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. Pak­istani singers like Ghu­lam Ali and Me­hdi Hasan have a huge fol­low­ing in In­dia,” he said.

Asked if he sees a lot of change in film mu­sic in re­cent years, Narayan, who started his ca­reer in In­dia in the early 1980s, and has sung 25,000 songs, said “Aj ka daur alag hai, mu­sic tastes have changed, but good mu­sic and melody will sur­vive for ever.”

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