A day after Airports Authority of India withdrew its permission for his concert in India’s national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday invited all to attend the concert of Carnatic singer TM Krishna, being organised at an alternative venue in the city. The permission for his scheduled concert was withdrawn in the wake of threats from right-wing supporters on social media.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “All are cordially invited. If u believe in an inclusive India, an India which belongs to all religions, faiths and castes, ur presence tomo will be a statement against those forces who r trying to divide and destroy our beloved India. (sic).”
All are cordially invited.
If u believe in an inclusive India, an India which belongs to all religions, faiths and castes, ur presence tomo will be a statement against those forces who r trying to divide and destroy our beloved India. https://t.co/GAnlDncpHe
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 16, 2018
His invitation came after his deputy Manish Sisodia reached out to Krishna, inviting him to perform anywhere in Delhi at the invitation of his government. Later, the government announced that Krishna’s concert will take place on 17 November at 6.30 pm at Garden of Five Senses.
Sisodia, for his part, tweeted, ““No artist should ever be denied an opportunity to perform. I have invited TM Krishna to perform on November 17 for the people of Delhi. It’s important to maintain the dignity of the Art and Artists.”
No artist should ever be denied an opportunity to perform. I have invited @tmkrishna to perform on the 17th Nov for the people of Delhi
It’s important to maintain the dignity of the Art and Artists. https://t.co/vaFnGqqJ8x
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) November 16, 2018
Krishna too then took to Twitter to announce the details about his concert. Urging his fans to share his tweet widely, Krishna wrote, “Hope to see you tomorrow. Venue: Garden of Five Senses, Saidul Ajaib Village, Near Saket, Time: 6.30. do share widely.”
Airport Authority India’s decision to deny Krishna permission to hold his concert in Delhi had caused huge outrage on social media. Historian Ramachandra Guha wrote, “When a scholar like myself is stopped from speaking, that is intolerance. When a great musician like TM Krishna is prevented from performing, it is not intolerance, but barbarism.”
Journalist Shekhar Gupta tweeted, “India has travelled back a long distance to some terrible place if a wonderfully talented musician like TM Krishna isn’t allowed to perform because of his political and philosophical views.”
Sanjay Baru, former advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh summed up the popular sentiment, when he wrote that ‘one positive fallout of TM Krishna controversy and proposed AAP concert is that many Dilliwalas will hear a Carnatic vocal concert for the first time!’