Mamata invites Pak singer to perform in Kolkata

Mamata invites Pak singer to perform in Kolkata

A day after the Shiv Sena succeeded in cancelling the Mumbai concert of Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee invited the singer to Kolkata through a tweet. 

Banerjee, who is currently in Bhutan, said in her tweet posted on Thursday: “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.”

Banerjee’s tweet came within hours after Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra extended a similar invitation to Ali.

The Mumbai concert of the 74-year-old singer scheduled to commemorate the fourth death anniversary of ghazal singer Jagjit Singh was cancelled after the Sena threatened to disrupt it, saying no one from Pakistan will be allowed to perform in the city in the backdrop of cross-border terrorism.

The organisers cancelled the concert after a meeting with Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray even though Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had assured of adequate protection to Ali.

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