August 13, 2016 1:12:48 am
Hours after actor Shah Rukh Khan’s detention at Los Angeles airport by the US immigration department Friday, sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s visa application to the UK was rejected by the British High Commission in Delhi.
Khan, who has performed several times in the UK, including special performances for the Prince of Wales, is slated to perform in September at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall, located at the heart of Southbank Centre in London.
When contacted by The Indian Express, Khan said, “As compared to earlier, it’s happening more now. The moment you are Khan or Ali, these issues come up. I haven’t been given a reason for the rejection. But a lot, I think, has to do with the current situation in the world. Maybe they are considering world peace, harmony and disharmony matters. In these, they’ve forgotten that I am an artiste, who will be there as a messenger of peace,” said Khan, 70, who in the past performed at the St James Palace and High Grove, which is Prince Charles’ country home that has a small concert hall.
“They must understand the feeling of the artiste. We all want peace and harmony. This is becoming a very sad situation for the artistes who are trying to spread the message of peace and love across the world,” said Khan, who approached Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj via his Facebook page for help. “I am committed to performing at the Royal Festival Hall and have already said yes to the organisers. I’m hoping that the matter would be looked into,” said Khan.