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Musical notes gone wrong: Maan accused of promoting liquor

india Updated: Feb 21, 2012 20:41 IST
Kamaldeep Singh Brar
Kamaldeep Singh Brar
Hindustan Times
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A Gurdas Maan song has not gone too well with a Karnataka man. He wants the legendry Punjabi singer to tender a public apology for promoting liquor through a song.

Pandit Rao Dharennavar, a Karnataka resident, accused Maan of promoting liquor in his famous number "apna Punjab hove, ghar di sharaab hove."

Dharennavar created nervous moments for Makhan Brar, who has written the song, accusing him during a function organised by 'Punjabi News Online' at Teachers Home in Bathinda.

Rao, who has translated many Panjabi books into Kannada said, "Punjabi is a sacred language used by the 10th guru of Sikhs. It is the misuse of Punjabi language by Gurdas Maan and Makhan Brar by singing and writing such a song that promotes bad aspects of culture."

"If Gurdas Maan justifies drinking liquor as part of Punjabi culture then, in near future, writers will also start to promote female foeticide in songs because that has also become a culture in Punjab. We cannot afford to promote bad aspects of our culture at any cost."

Rao said Maan and Brar need to make a public apology and stop promoting the song.

"Both Maan and Brar should apologise, otherwise future generations will ask why such a legendary singer had sung an abusive song," said Rao.

"You people are very innocent. You don't know how market has been exploiting your culture to promote liquor. These days songs in Punjab are openly promoting liquor."

Rao, however, said that Maan public apology could turn things in a new direction.

"Public apology from Maan will deliver the message that such songs are not accepted in our culture and liquor is also not any shining aspects of Punjabi culture. I will not shy to sit on a hunger strike outside the house of Gurdas Maan if he does not apologise." said Rao.

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