Renowned Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, whose concert in Mumbai was called off after resistance from the Shiv Sena recently, has cancelled all his scheduled performances in India, saying that he won’t return until “things are settled down”.
Ghulam Ali also expressed his disappointment over the recent incidents, asserting that Indian fans have always welcomed him and his music with open arms.
“I have cancelled all my future concerts in India, will never come back to India. I will not perform until things settle down. I’m hurt by recent incidents in India. As of now, I have decided not to come to India,” the singer told a news channel.
“Indian fans have been very supportive. I’m a singer, I will talk about music, not politics,”
All his scheduled concerts, including the one in Delhi on November 8, and another in Lucknow, have been scrapped.
According to a report, Ghulam Ali, who made an entry into Indian cinema with his popular song “Chupke chupke raat din” for B.R. Chopra’s “Nikaah”, is “hurt by the politics being played over his concerts in India” and “how political points were trying to score brownie points by not letting him perform in India”.
The singer was stopped from performing in Mumbai and in Pune last month after the Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt his concerts. It led to a debate, with artistes from all sections urging that art be kept out of politics.
Ghulam Ali had then said that he was sad, but that his admiration for India remained undiminished.