Shiv Sena calls for cancellation of Pakistani ghazal singer’s performance in Mumbai

Published: October 7, 2015
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Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan’s voice finally reaches his fans in India. PHOTO: FILE

Ustad Ghulam Ali Khan’s voice finally reaches his fans in India. PHOTO: FILE

India’s far right party Shiv Sena called on Wednesday for the cancellation of Pakistani ghazal singer Ustad Ghulam Ali’s upcoming concert in Mumbai.

“We are against any form of cultural association with Pakistan. We cannot have ties with a country that kills our soldiers. They are against us why should we let their singers perform here,” said Akshay Badrapurkar, general secretary of Shiv Sena’s umbrella organisation Chitrapat Sena, according to NDTV.

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Badrapurkar warned the organisers to cancel the music concert which is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 9, at Shanmukhanand Hall in Matunga, Mumbai.

“Today we are requesting them (organisers) to cancel the programme but if they don’t then we will be forced to protest in our style,” he warned.

In April, Shiv Sena had forced the cancellation of a concert of another Pakistani singer, Atif Aslam, in Hardaspur.

Read: Atif Aslam’s concert cancelled due to Indian political party opposition

Aslam was all set to perform in Pune, but changed his mind after Indian political party, Shiv Sena threatened to take action if the event took place.

The singer who has charmed his way into the hearts of Pakistanis and Indians had to cancel his event because of strong opposition from India’s far-right regional political party. “The neighbouring country is sending terrorists to India, blasting bombs, attacking our Parliament, then how do we welcome their artistes,” Chitrapat Sena (party’s cinema wing) leader Adesh Bandekar said.

This article originally appeared on NDTV.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Shaukat ali
    Oct 7, 2015 - 3:57PM

    This is the end. These orange face painters are now refusing ghulam ali who has a bigger fan following in India. I don’t know with what logic do the Indians keep on defending their leaders.Recommend

  • nizamuddin khan
    Oct 7, 2015 - 5:03PM

    Are we seriously concerned about this? Really? I understand there is money to be made for Ghulam Ali and at his age I would suggest he is better off coaching/training younger singers from Pakistan.

    Can we pretend like India does not exist? If so, we will find ourselves lot more happier.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 7, 2015 - 7:02PM

    They are thread for peace lover.
    My Indian brother should boycott these trolls and extremist. Recommend

  • Oct 11, 2015 - 7:20PM

    @Shaukat ali The same you did with Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale and Amitabh and Bollywood movies.Recommend

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