Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh condemned the cancellation of an event on Monday where Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali had to launch the music of Indian film Ghar Wapsi.
The management of a hotel in central New Delhi cancelled the music launch at the eleventh hour when some people protested against the presence of Ghulam Ali, who has not only sung but has also acted in the Suhaib Ilyasi directorial.
Amar Singh, who also has a part to play in the movie, said the treatment towards the celebrated singer is "extremely disappointing."
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Even with a large police force guarding the venue, a bunch of protesters came forward to threaten the management of the hotel, chanting slogans like "Ghulam Ali muradabad" and disrupted the event.
When Amar Singh reached the venue, he was stopped outside the gates of the hotel. Asked to comment on the cancellation of the event, Singh told reporters that nobody can stop Ghulam Ali from doing his work and from showcasing his talent.
"You cannot bind Ghulam Ali in borders and religion... How can anyone stop Ghulam Ali's art? We detest this whole episode and the treatment, it is extremely disappointing," he said. He added that Ghulam Ali's music is evergreen, and it is something that will keep him alive for generations to come.
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When the hotel's management was questioned about why the press conference and music launch event was cancelled, a representative told IANS, "We are just doing our job."
This latest cancellation of the film's music launch follows the January 29 cancellation of the event in Mumbai after reported threats.