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Kejriwal says Delhi wants to hear me sing: Ghulam Ali

Ghulam Ali, who recently performed in Kolkata, said that he would perform in Delhi if the people of the city wanted him to. That is what he asked CM Arvind Kejriwal when he asked Ali to perform in the city.

music Updated: Jan 17, 2016 18:44 IST
Samarth Goyal
Speaking about how he felt when his concerts were cancelled, Ali admits that he was heartbroken, but agreed to call them off because he was afraid of protesters hurting the audience.
Speaking about how he felt when his concerts were cancelled, Ali admits that he was heartbroken, but agreed to call them off because he was afraid of protesters hurting the audience.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

Legendary Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, whose concerts in India were called off last year, including one in Delhi, has been invited once again by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejirwal to perform in the city in February. Glad to have been invited, the 75-year-old told HT in a recent interview, that the first thing he wanted to know from Kejriwal is if people in Delhi were looking forward to his show. “I asked Kejriwal, ‘Dilli main mahaul kaisa hai’,” he says, further adding, “That’s my only concern. I want to know if people would want to listen to me. I ask the same question to everyone who invites me. He (Arvind Kejriwal) was kind enough to invite me and he also assured me that people are looking forward to my show.”

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The singer’s recent performance in Kolkata drew a lot of criticism from many, including the Governor of Tripura, Tathagata Roy, who said, “no one has suffered at Pakistan’s hands as much as Bengali Hindus”. Point this out to him, and Ali says that artists should not be dragged into international politics, “Artists are beyond borders. I have always said that India is like home to me and I always receive so much of love whenever I come here. So, to say that an artist should not perform because the relation between two countries is not well isn’t the right approach. Art is appreciated everywhere and it shouldn’t come in the way of politics.”

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Speaking about how he felt when his concerts were cancelled, Ali admits that he was heartbroken, but agreed to call them off because he was afraid of protesters hurting the audience. “Khud se zyada, mujhe unki chinta thi jo mera show dekhne aate. Unki toh koi galti nai hoti aur who to sirf mera gana sunne aye the. I didn’t get scared, I was just disappointed that I couldn’t sing for those who really wanted to hear my songs because some people didn’t want me to perform.”