Here's What Entertainment Experts are Saying About Pakistani Artists No Longer Performing in India!
by Kanika Mehta Weddings | December 6, 2016 | Feature
Rajeev Jain Samit Garg Tarsame Mittal Gitikka Ganju Dhar Juggy D
Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who were supposed to perform at two weddings in Delhi soon, recently cancelled their scheduled gigs due to the ongoing Indo-Pak tension. In other cases too, clients had chosen Pakistan-based artists before ties between the two countries turned sour. According to sources, the number of weddings for which Pakistani artists were booked was quite high.
However, the Indian government has neither stopped giving visas to the artists, nor banned their entry.
Here's what the pioneering wedding planners, entertainment specialists, leading artist management companies and popular entertainers have to say about this!
Rajeev Jain, Director, Rashi Entertainment said, “Until the unrest between India and Pakistan settles, I feel that as event managers and more importantly as Indians, to avoid any complications, we must avoid roping in artists from Pakistan to perform in India as this will cause inconvenience to the clients,."
Agreeing, popular anchor Gitikka Ganju Dhar said, "This is a very unfortunate turn of events. But extreme circumstances demand extreme measures. Indians are sending a stern message to miscreants in Pakistan. Our voice as India's live industry needs to blend with the nation's voice. I am also very disappointed with fellow artists from Pakistan for not voicing their opinion against India-centric terrorism."
About the advance payments paid to these artists, Jain explains, "After the cancellation, Atif has returned the advance payment, and Rahat will also be returning it in a day or two."
Aditya Motwane, Director, Motwane Entertainment and Weddings agreed with Jain saying, “Till the time we are in a state of war, I feel we should respect the sentiments of our country men and all our jawans who are fighting at the border to ensure our well being. Besides, we have great talent within our country and we should always look into tapping that talent rather than looking at hiring Pakistani artists!”
Interestingly, Samit garg, Director, E-Factor Entertainment said, "I don't agree with this - Music and Entertainment should remain independent and exclusive of politics between nations. Having said that - it is imperative that ethical and healthy business practices do remain a part of business conduct. If they interfere with the relationships between nations then we should take judicious calls on a case-to-case basis."
London ‘British Bhangra’ artist, Juggy D who has been performing at weddings in India as well as Pakistan for many years, also feels that Entertainment should be kept aside from politics and general national issues. He goes on to say, "Music is a universal language; it is something that brings people together, no matter what race or religion they belong to. Music should be enjoyed by people in every country, no matter who the artist is.Therefore I strongly feel that it should be open for any artist to perform in any country regardless of other issues."
Speaking along similar lines but taking a more diplomatic stand, leading artist manager Tarsame Mittal, Director, TM Talent Management explained how that national issues between 2 countries cannot take away from the love and respect that certain Pakistani artists have earned over the years in India and vice versa. He explains, "A Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will still have a huge fan following in India no matter what. Also I feel that the work of creative talent and artists should not be dependent on the political scenario between 2 countries. However, having said that I would like to reiterate that if it is a matter of our national pride, then we must keep that as first priority and avoid roping in artists from Pakistan. Instead we should explore the humoungous talent that is available in our own country."
The Indian government has neither stopped giving visas to the artists, nor banned their entry.