NEW DELHI: Delhi Culture Minister Kapil Mishra said the Pakistani Vocalist is welcome to come to Delhi.
Ali’s concert in Mumbai was cancelled after Shiv Sena threatened to interrupt it, warning that no artiste with that state will soon be permitted till panic emanating from over the edge is discontinued to perform in town.
“Sad that #GhulamAli is not being allowed in Mumbai, I invite him to come to Delhi and do the concert. Music has no boundaries. #BanTheBan (sic),” he wrote on Twitter.
The cancellation had been declared by organisers of the occasion following a meeting with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
“Ghulam Ali’s programme was cancelled. Neither Ghulam Ali nor any Pakistani artiste will soon be performing at the October 9 occasion,” organiser Randhir Roy had said.
A source had told PTI that the Sena president requested the organisers to refrain from having any Pakistani artiste perform at such programmes.
Reacting to the development, Ali had said the concert was not cancelled from his end. “Atmosphere is not conducive for me to perform,” he had said, adding, he wants Indo-Pak ties to improve.
He further said that whenever his fans call him with love, he goes and performs.
“Such controversies spoil people’s ‘sur’ (note). I am not angry, I am hurt. In love, such things don’t happen,” he had said.
Describing Jagjit Singh as his “good brother”, Ali said wherever they met and performed, “we were one”.
Justifying the cancellation, Roy had said, “Since the situation on the border is not conducive, it is not correct to call and promote any Pakistani singer”.
Shiv Sena had said, “Ceasefire violations are taking place unabated and yesterday also four jawans were killed in firing by Pakistan which is continuing to sponsor terrorism in this country.”