Ghulam Ali Concert: Music Has No Religion, Says BJP leader Surendran
BJP leader K Surendran has criticised the protest by a section of people against Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s performance in Kerala. He used his Facebook account to express his opinion on the matter, going on to say that linking this with Pak terrorists’ attack in Punjab is against Indian culture.
Ghulam Ali has two concerts scheduled in Kerala on January 15 and 17 at thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode respectively. Swaralaya, a popular cultural collective that promotes music and other art forms, is organsing the concerts.
At a time when there is renewed tension in relations with Pakistan following Pathankot terror attack and calls from Shiv Sena to retaliate, there is apprehension that the concert could attract protests and demonstrations.
Two of the maestro’s scheduled concerts in Mumbai and Pune in October were cancelled following protests from Shiv Sena. Soon after, the singer himself backed out from a scheduled concert in Delhi in December citing personal reasons. The Shiv Sena had held that such a concert could not be allowed when tension prevailed at the Indo-Pak border.
In his post Surendran says:
It is deplorable that a section of people is protesting against renowned ghazal singer Ghulam Ali singing in Kerala. Linking this with Pakistan terrorists attack in Punjab is against Indian culture. The Indian vision has the strength to integrate all thought streams into it. Poisoning art and literature is like handing over arms to terrorists. Gulam Ali is a world famous ghazal exponent. People of Kozhikode would welcome him with open arms. You cant take stands looking at the colour of the organisers’ flag. Music has no caste or religion. I am not questioning Shiv Sena’s freedom to burn his effigy but the act is condemnable.
Public reception for Ghulam Ali
Thiruvananthapuram city will host a public reception to the Pakistani singer on January 14. The Chief Minsiter Oommen Chandy will attend the function.
The 75-year-old singer will be visiting Kerala as the state’s guest and the reception will be organised on behalf of the government and people of the capital city.
The musical concert in the city will be organized at Nishagandhi Auditorium and classical singer Pandit Vishwanath will also perform at the event.
The venue for his Kozhikode performance has not been finalised.
“The members of the organizing committee are hunting for a venue, which can accommodate at least 10,000 people, in Kozhikode,” CPM politburo member and Swaralaya founder member M A Baby said.
“Being a state-invited guest, he will be provided security accordingly. The schedule and security arrangement for the programme will be charted out soon and the other details of event will be announced soon,” Baby added.