Renowned Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan,who has lent his vocals to numerous films in Bollywood as well as in Pakistan, has in the past performed in front of packed audiences all around the globe. However, with tensions growing between Pakistan and India – after the Indian government revoked Article 370 and imposed a lockdown in Kashmir – the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) recently asked two Indian show promoters, Karl Kalra and Nirmal Dhaliwal, to cancel their shows with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
“We have received a poster where you are promoting the concert of Pakistani artist, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in USA and Canada from 4th October, 2019 to 20th October, 2019,” read the warning letter issued by FWICE. “We have already given our directive that no Indian artist/singer/ dancer/ anchor/ performer, last but not least, promoter would work with Pakistani nationals and Pakistani artists, in view of the current alarming situation between the two countries.”
The letter further warned promoters to immediately cancel the shows with the singer and, in case, they don’t call it off and “go against the sentiments of Indians, no Indian artist/ singer/ dancer/ anchor/ performer/ promoter would ever work with them anywhere in the entire world.”
In the recent past, singer Mika Singh was banned to perform, record, etc. in India by FWICE after his visit to Pakistan. Apart from this, singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh was also asked to cancel his US show that was promoted by a Pakistani national.