Mamata wants Pak ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali to perform in Kolkata


While asserting that music has no boundaries, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday offered Kolkata as a venue for a concert by Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, whose scheduled concert in Mumbai was cancelled following threats from the Shiv Sena.

Earlier on Thursday, Delhi tourism minister Kapil Mishra invited the renowned singer to perform in Delhi.

(Also read: Ghulam Ali ‘hurt’ and ‘sad’ after his Mumbai concert cancelled following Shiv Sena threats)

“Music has no boundaries. Music is the rhythm of the heart. Ghulam Ali ji’s concert can be held in Kolkata. We will make all arrangements,” tweeted Banerjee, also the chief of the Trinamool Congress.

The 75-year-old singer was scheduled to perform in Mumbai and Pune this week as part of a death anniversary tribute to singer Jagjit Singh. But the show in Mumbai was called off on Wednesday after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt his live concert.

(Also read: AAP government invites ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali to perform in Delhi)

“I’m very hurt. I have always got love in India. The concert was a tribute for Jagjit Singh. He was like a brother to me,” Ali told a news channel.

While the cancellation of the concert has attracted widespread criticism, Ali has expressed his disappointment.


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