Choice of name puts off Srinagar musical concert
A musical concert planned by some Kashmir University students for a charitable cause had to be cancelled when there were complaints that the name given to the function had religious connotations.india Updated: Jul 04, 2011 00:01 IST
A musical concert planned by some Kashmir University students for a charitable cause had to be cancelled when there were complaints that the name given to the function had religious connotations.
Ilhaam, the name of the function, is an Islamic term used for the "intuition of Prophet Mohammed". The idea behind the concert was to raise funds for an orphanage.
Students of Kashmir University's business school, under the guidance of director Shabir Ahmad Bhat, had set July 5 as the date of the concert. A Kashmiri singer working in Mumbai had been invited to perform.
"We have a group of students who are involved in various social causes like anti-drug and anti-polythene drives. Recently they perceived a fund-raising musical concert for orphans, which we decided to facilitate," Bhat told Hindustan Times.
"The only mistake that happened was that the students decided to name the event 'Ilhaam', which has a lot of religious connotations. It raised a lot of debate on Facebook," Bhat said.
"Some people criticised the use of the term for a musical concert."
Bhat said they decided to cancel the event "as the issue was heading towards a scontroversy".
"The parents of the students were worried and we received a formal request from the students to cancel the event. There are many better ways of helping people. We don't want anybody to be hurt."
This summer many musical concerts and festivals are being organised in Srinagar.
They include both Sufi and rock concerts.