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After AAI backs out, Delhi government reaches out to singer TM Krishna for concert

TM Krishna’s views on constitutional values like secularism and caste prejudice in music have made him a target of Hindutva supporters.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 11, 2019 11:52:31 am
After AAI backs out, Delhi government reaches out to singer TM Krishna for concertMusician TM Krishna during Express Adda at Hotel Claridges, on Friday, January 12, 2018. Express photo by Abhinav Saha
After AAI backout, AAP government reaches out to singer TM Krishna for a concert in Delhi Krishna was supposed to be a part of two-day “Dance and Music in the Park” festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri on November 17 and 18. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha/File)

A day after Carnatic singer TM Krishna’s Delhi concert was called off by one of its organisers, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government on Tuesday vowed to hold his event in the national capital. The office of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia has already contacted the singer and is working on a date for the event.

Krishna was supposed to be a part of the two-day “Dance and Music in the Park” festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri on November 17 and 18, organised jointly by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the cultural body, SPIC-MACAY. However, on late Tuesday night, the AAI decided to postpone the event, allegedly forced by the reaction of right-wing trolls who criticised the government body for calling an ‘anti-India’ element for the event. The authority, however, cited ‘some exigencies of work’ for the postponing of the event.

Krishna, who is an open critic of the present government, remained unfazed with the decision and said: “Give me a stage anywhere in Delhi on November 17, I will come and sing. We just can’t let ourselves be cowed down by this kind of threats.”

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