Ghulam Ali to perform in Kolkata on January 12

Ghulam Ali to perform in Kolkata on January 12

The legendary ghazal singer's earlier concerts in Mumbai and Delhi were cancelled following threats from Shiv Sena
06 Jan, 2016

Ghazal enthusiasts in India have good reason to rejoice: Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali and his son will be performing in Kolkata next week, reported The Indian Express.

The father-son duo will be performing at an event on January 12. Ghulam Ali's concerts in Mumbai and Delhi were cancelled in 2015 due to threats from Shiv Sena, a Hindu extremist party in Maharashtra. The singer, who had then vowed to not perform in India until Pak-India relations improved, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming concert, organised by West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation (WBMDFC) at the Park Circus Maidan in Kolkata.

The Congress MP and chairman of the group Sultan Ahmed said that Ghulam Ali has confirmed his performance: "Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was eager to host the legendary singer and accordingly we wrote to Ghulam Ali urging him to perform here. He has confirmed his participation at the event."

He added that security arrangements will be taken care in the light of recent attack at Indian Air Force base in Pathankot: "Several eminent personalities including the chief minister will be present at the event. Elaborate security arrangements will be put in place," he assured.

Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien took to Twitter to announce the event and posted: "Pete Seeger performed at a peace concert at Park Circus Maidan Kolkata in the early 1960s. The music plays on... 2016 Jan 12 Ghulam Ali."


Javed Arshad Jan 06, 2016 01:49pm
He is great singer but probably did not take care of his voice and has lost it much ahead of time. He is no fun to listen to that is live. May be his son can provide some thing to listen to.
Philosopher (from Japan) Jan 06, 2016 02:51pm
This time GA should refuse to stay safe. India is highly intolerant nowadays.
MKB Jan 06, 2016 03:00pm
Good news.
GS Jan 06, 2016 03:00pm
Do we need this mess again after the attack ? Why don't these people stick to Pakistan ?
Utpal Jan 06, 2016 03:27pm
Ghulam Ali Ji ( and your son) are welcome to India as well as in Kolkata. Wish you both a very memorable stay in our City of Joy ( Though we have a lot of problems, still we like to see the positive side of life.). You are once again welcome to the city , once blessed with Bade Ghulam Ali and many other legendary classical Gods of Song and music.
Ali Jan 06, 2016 04:10pm
I think Mr. Ghulam Ali should have gotten the msg after Delhi and Bombay. You have a great voice and you should not tolerate this treatment.
Bryan Joseph Jan 07, 2016 07:42am
@Philosopher (from Japan) Intolerant ! Adnan Sami who acquired Indian citizenship doesn't feel so. Even after Pathankot attacks India is hosting a Pakistani. No other nation in the world would do that. And please travel to India to understand its great diversity. And 125 crore is too big a population to be painted with the same brush.
S.H.Moulana Jan 07, 2016 01:39pm
This is really great news for all music lovers. Extremism and music never go hand in hand. We congratulate the state of Kolkata! Bravo!