Carnatic musician T M Krishna will perform in New Delhi on Saturday evening. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, making the announcement Friday, said no artist should ever be denied an opportunity to perform. The AAP government had offered to host Krishna in the national capital after an event in which he was to perform was called off by Airports Authority of India (AAI).
“No artist should ever be denied an opportunity to perform. I have invited TM Krishna to perform on November 17 for the people of Delhi. It’s important to maintain the dignity of the Art and Artists,” Sisodia tweeted. The concert will be held at the Garden of Five Senses in Saidul Ajaib Village in Saket.
It’s official: TM Krishna to perform tomorrow, November 17, at the Garden of Five Senses. The AAP government has organised the concert. Time to be announced shortly. @IndianExpress
— Sourav Roy Barman (@Sourav_RB) November 16, 2018
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAs reported by The Indian Express, Krishna was to perform at the two-day “Dance and Music in the Park” festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, organised jointly by the AAI and the cultural body, SPIC-MACAY, on November 17-18. Days before the event, however, AAI wrote to SPIC-MACAY saying it was not in a position to go ahead with the concert “because of some exigencies of work”. Dancers Sonal Mansingh and Priyadarsini Govind, and sitarist Shahid Parvez Khan were also scheduled to perform at the event.
Krishna, who had tweeted a poster of the event, became the target for trolls who criticised the government for using public funds to host a “converted bigot” and an “Urban Naxal”, among other things. Krishna has been targeted in the past for his constitutional values like secularism and caste prejudice.