‘Artists are sensitive; They get hurt easily’
Agar aap ko koi bol de ki aap mere ghar nahi aa sakte, toh aap ko kaisa lagega ... Music ka koi mazhab hota hai kya?
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, singer
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan says that while he has never faced discrimination during his performances in India, the recent incidents such as the one where Ghulam Ali’s concerts were cancelled because he hails from Pakistan can be very discouraging for the artists from across the border. “Seedhi si baat hai. Agar aap ko koi bol de ki aap mere ghar nahi aa sakte, toh aap ko kaisa lagega?” he says, adding, “Thankfully, it has never happened with me so far. But you do feel disappointed as an artist ... that such things are still happening in the 21st century.”
The 41-year-old singer feels that artists are very emotional and tend to get upset by such incidents. “Artists are very sensitive and when something like this happens, it affects them a lot. Yeh bahut galat baat hai,” says the singer, who recently performed Sajna Tere Bina for Daboo Malik’s upcoming short film, Dilli. “Indians love listening to Pakistani singers. And not just me, but other singers from Pakistan have also received so much love and affection from this country. To hear people saying that they don’t want Pakistani singers in India is very disheartening. Music ka koi mazhab hota hai kya? music ka koi desh hota hai kya?” he asks.