Airports authority scraps T M Krishna concert after trolls call him anti

Lawrence Kim
November 15, 2018

After Carnatic singer T.M. Krishna's concert in Delhi was cancelled by one of its organisers - Airports Authority of India (AAI) - allegedly due to criticism from right-wing trolls, the state government has reached out to him, assuring that the event will be held.

Confirming about the event being called off, the Airport Authority cited "some urgent engagements" and said that the new dates would be announced shortly. "We have some issues".

Krishna was supposed to sing at a concert held as part of a two-day "Dance and Music in the Park" festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. However, on Tuesday night, the AAI informed SPIC-MACAY over email that the concert was called off. The freedom of expression is being stifled and we absolutely condemn that.

Later in the day, the Delhi government stepped in and offered to host him in the city.

Sisodia, a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is also Delhi's culture minister. "Whatever note we have given in the media, that is all; there is nothing more I want to say on this", says AAI Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra, as quoted in the Indian Express report.

Krishna has earlier been a target of Hindutva groups and right-wing trolls because of his views on secularism and caste prejudice in music. "These trolls know nothing about his music; all they know is that, in his work outside music, Krishna is a critic of Hindutva and the Modi government". "Why wasting [sic] taxpayers' money and the precious time of employees of AAI?"

The user, @igayathri9, tagged the Ministry of Civil Aviation, and ministers Suresh Prabhu (tag in second tweet, not in screenshot) and Jayant Sinha in her thread, and used the hashtag #DisinviteTMKrishna.

"Words like urban Naxal, presstitute, anti-Indian are created by people who don't know what democracy is".

Krishna, 42, is considered one of the finest among the current crop of Carnatic musicians. "We just can't let ourselves be cowed down by this kind of threats". "We at SPIC MACAY will surely like to have T.M. Krishna, who is a great asset to our classical traditions, we will surely likely to take him to the young, the schools and colleges but unfortunately, with very limited financial resources we can not do the festival on our own so we have to postpone the entire festival", said Rashmi Malik of SPIC MACAY Foundation.

And in his column, Ramachandra Guha said: "To prevent a great musician from performing in the national capital is not mere intolerance - it is barbarism".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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