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Celebrities slam scrapping of Ghulam Ali’s Mumbai concert

Several Bollywood celebrities have condemned the scrapping of Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai.

bollywood Updated: Oct 08, 2015 15:27 IST
Ghulam Ali,Jagjit Singh,Concert
Ghulam Ali and late Jagjit Singh at a concert.(HT File Photo)

Veteran actor Shabana Azmi, music composers Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have criticised the cancellation of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert here following Shiv Sena’s threat to disrupt it. The 74-year-old singer was scheduled to perform in Mumbai, but Shiv Sena warned that no artiste from Pakistan will be allowed to perform in the city till terror emanating from across the border is stopped.

The organisers announced the cancellation yesterday after a meeting with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at ‘Matoshree’, the Thackeray residence in suburban Bandra.

“Are we at war with Pakistan? Have we severed diplomatic relations? Have we closed down our Embassies? Then what justification is there to ban Ghulam Ali?”

“Ghulam Ali was 2 perform in commemoration of Indias beloved Jasjit Singh in gesture of goodwill. Ok to talk tough with Pak Govt not its artists,” Azmi wrote on her Twitter page.

Vishal posted, “Ghulam Ali saab and his music are above and beyond politics. If he can’t perform it will be our loss, not his. #Shame.”

His composing partner Shekhar wrote, “Ghulam Ali Saab is our guest. Honour his presence. Music knows no boundaries.”

Read: Day after Ghulam Ali concert cancellation, Delhi govt extends invite

First Published: Oct 08, 2015 15:26 IST

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