Political melody: Modi meets Pakistani ghazal legend Ghulam Ali

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2015 23:01 IST

Ghazal legend and one of Pakistan’s most respected cultural ambassadors, Ghulam Ali, came to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the latter’s office on Saturday.

Both the PM and the music maestro showered praise on each other. The PM said that he felt very happy meeting “Ghulam Ali sahib”, and the Pakistani singer said, "It was a good meeting. He couldn't come to Varanasi so he called me to meet him. He was very cordial. He said that he likes me to which I said that I too like him a lot. I felt very good."

Ali was in Delhi for his solo programme at Siri Fort auditorium on Friday. He also had a recent concert at the Sankat Mochan temple in Modi's Lok Sabha seat Varanasi.

Incidentally, Ali was the first non-political Pakistani guest at Modi’s office. His tight schedule notwithstanding, Modi found time to speak at length with Ali and later tweeted saying, "Ghulam Ali sahib said that he has been singing since the age of nine. A six decade-long career is an accomplishment."

Ali’s famous ghazals include Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Awargi and Chupke Chupke Raat Din.

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