Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali arrived in Kolkata on Monday for a performance, slated for Tuesday. Organised by the state Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department, the singer will perform at the inaugural function of a trade fair organised for small and medium enterprises. The department is under the care of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is the minister-in-charge.
Banerjee will attend the concert at Netaji Indoor stadium on Tuesday evening. In October last year, the Shiv Sena had threatened to disrupt Ali’s concert in Mumbai warning that no artiste from Pakistan will be allowed to perform in the city till terror emanating from across the border stopped. After the incident, Banerjee had invited Ali to the city.
“We are very happy to host him here,” Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (MDFC) chairman and Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed said. He said tickets for the function will not be on sale and the entry will be restricted to invitations only.