Kolkata, October 8: After Delhi government inviting Pakistani Gazal singer Ghulam Ali to perform in the national capital, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Thursday invited Ali to perform in Kolkata, a day after his concert in Mumbai was called off following threats from the Shiv Sena.
"Music has no boundaries. Music is the rhythm of the heart. Ghulam Ali Ji concert can be held in Kolkata. We will make all arrangements," Mamata Banerjee tweeted.
Even the Delhi government on Thursday invited the acclaimed Pakistani singer to perform in the national capital.
The organisers of the Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai announced the cancellation late on Wednesday after meeting Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray, on Thursday defended the Sena protest against the holding of a concert of Pakistan vocalist Ustad Ghulam Ali when soldiers of India are falling victims to firing from across the border, saying cultural ties and terror can't be mingled.
"We have encounters going on everywhere, so many ceasefire violations. When this is happening we can’t be having fun here. We all enjoy Ghulam Ali's songs. But we need some sensitivity towards our soldiers. cultural ties and terror can't go hand in hand," Thackeray told the media.
Ghulam Ali's concert in Mumbai was cancelled on Wednesday after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt it, warning that no artiste from that country will be allowed to perform in the city till terror emanating from across the border is stopped.
Organisers of the event had announced the cancellation after a meeting with Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Though, the threat of Shiv Sena may proved their clout in Mumbai, but the Delhi and Kolkata are eager to open up their gates for Pakistan Gzal singer to come an perform in country.
However, Ali said while speaking to NDTV after the concert getting canceled that “He wasn’t angry instead it hurt him”. Meanwhile, Kejriwal government on Thursday morning said "music has no boundaries"