Mamata offers Kolkata for Ghulam Ali concert

Kolkata, Oct 8 (IANS) Asserting that music has no boundaries, West Bengal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday offered Kolkata as a venue for a concert by Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali whose concert in Mumbai was cancelled following threats from the Shiv Sena.

“Music has no boundaries. Music is the rhythm of the heart. Ghulam Ali Ji’s concert can be held in Kolkata. We will make all arrangements,” tweeted Banerjee, also the chief of the Trinamool Congress.

The 75-year-old singer was scheduled to perform in Mumbai and Pune this week as part of the death anniversary tribute to late singer Jagjit Singh. But the show in Mumbai was called off on Wednesday after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt his live concert.

Earlier in the day Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra invited the renowned singer to perform in Delhi.

While the cancellation of the concert has attracted widespread criticism, Ali too has expressed his disappointment.

“I’m very hurt. I have always got love in India. The concert was a tribute for Jagjit Singh. He was like a brother to me,” Ali told a news channel.

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