‘Artists are sen­si­tive; They get hurt eas­ily’

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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.

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

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