Akhilesh meets Ghulam Ali, says art and artists should not be linked to politics

Welcoming the ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali at his official residence, Akhilesh Yadav said "art, literature and culture are the joint heritage of the entire humanity and no politics should be done on artists' talent".

By: PTI | Lucknow | Updated: October 10, 2015 8:19:56 pm
Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav honouring noted Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali at his official residence in Lucknow on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI10_10_2015_000071B) Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav met noted Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali at his official residence in Lucknow on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday stressed that art, literature and culture were heritage of entire humanity and, art and artists should not be linked to any specific region or religion.

Welcoming the noted Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali at his official residence here today, Yadav said “art, literature and culture are the joint heritage of the entire humanity and no politics should be done on artists’ talent”.

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“Art and artiste cannot be linked to any specific region or religion… boundaries of countries cannot impose limitations on them,” he said.

The Chief Minister felicitated the ghazal singer on the occasion and thanked him for accepting his invitation and agreeing to perform here.

Earlier this week, a programme of the Pakistani singer was cancelled by the organisers in Mumbai after Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt the concert if Ali performs there saying the singer belonged to a country which was firing bullets at Indians.

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