Ghulam Ali was not allowed to perform in Mumbai following which he chose not to sing in New Delhi as well, but urge to have cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan remains strong as ever. November 14 will see Indian Sufi qawwali group Nizami Brothers and Pakistani singers Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad perform as part of an international qawwali festival called Taali Ho. The festival is being organised by Krishna Prerna Charitable Trust and Arun Budhiraja at India Islamic Centre, Lodhi Road.
The event aims to reinforce a notion that art and craft is not restricted to any borders, and is being held after all the hue and cry over Pakistani artists performing in India, read a statement. Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai was called off after resistance from Shiv Sena in October and a debate raged over “extreme intolerance” comments by superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
The actor was compared to Pakistani terrorist Hafiz Saeed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, and another Hindutva proponent, Sadhvi Prachi dubbing the actor a ‘Pakistani agent’.
Watch Pakistani singers Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad perform:
Maestros from across the border Fareed and Abu are known for giving a different meaning to qawwali, while Nizami Brothers - Ghulam Sabir Nizami and Ghulam Waris Nizami - are popular for singing qawwalis in Sufi style.
Watch Nizami Brothers here: