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Very happy to perform in Kolkata: Ghulam Ali

"I am always happy whenever I go anywhere, but this time I am very happy. I used to visit Kolkata often but this year it seems I am coming after 50 years," Ali said.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published: January 12, 2016 7:52 pm
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Pakistani ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali, whose concert was cancelled in Mumbai last year following protests, on Tuesday performed in Kolkata at a West Bengal government programme.

Thousands gathered at the fully-packed Netaji Indoor stadium to hear him.

“I am always happy whenever I go anywhere, but this time I am very happy. I used to visit Kolkata often but this year it seems I am coming after 50 years,” Ali said.

He said he performs all over the world and when asked where does he enjoy performing the most, his answer is always Kolkata.

Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who was also in the audience, thanked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying it is nothing short of a miracle to have the singer amidst us.

“We had given up hope few months ago due to the kind of atmosphere that was created in Mumbai,” Bhatt said.

Describing Ali as “Sangeet Samrat”, the CM said music has no boundary.

“You have to come next time again as a gift to all of us,” she said, adding not everyone could be accommodated in the stadium due to heavy demand.

The program was organised by the Minorities Development Finance Corporation, which functions under the Minority and Madrassah Affairs Ministry whose minister in-charge is Banerjee herself.

Coinciding with the 153th birth anniversary of philosopher Swami Vivekananda, the concert was part of the inaugural function of “Milan Utsav”, a trade fair for small and medium enterprises.

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  1. P
    Jan 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm
    Shame on mamta butcherjee, no respect for malda,nor pathankot, this dictator is as corrupt as congress. She shielded the guy who mowed down the iaf man, bengalis are nuts to give her a pedestal for yelling senselessly,she drove away Tata, with her low lying tactics.
    1. P
      Jan 13, 2016 at 6:01 pm
      Mamta is a terrorist power hungry she is enjoying a useless characterless singers at the cost of Hindus at malda. Shame on Bengalis for representing them shows how ugly you are, she imports bangladeshis to attack innocent people while she is seen listening to the butchers killing pering.
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        dr gautam
        Jan 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm
        Votes for mamta right? What about ghulam ali condeming the pathankot attack
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          rajan luthra
          Jan 15, 2016 at 3:43 am
          I once attended his programme in FICCI auditorium in 1980s. No doubt a genius. He, however, seems to have become incoherent with age.