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Musician against ban on Pakistani performers

Musician Sachin Gupta, who debuted as a composer with Hindi film Dil Kabaddi, feels no political party has the right to "ban" Pakistani artistes from performing in India and says people should be free to choose the kind of music they want to hear.

  • IANS
  • Published: 23:38 December 9, 2008
  • Gulf News

New Delhi: Musician Sachin Gupta, who debuted as a composer with Hindi film Dil Kabaddi, feels no political party has the right to "ban" Pakistani artistes from performing in India and says people should be free to choose the kind of music they want to hear.

"I don't think that any political party should dictate what people should listen. If people don't want performers from a particular country to be in India, then they should themselves be vocal about it," Gupta said.

The Shiv Sena has declared it would not allow any Pakistani artiste to work in Maharashtra in the aftermath of the November 26 Mumbai terror attack.

Gupta is the person behind the soaring career of Pakistani singer Atif Aslam as he had compiled his album Doorie, but the composer now feels that there are "too many cross-border artistes", who take away focus from Indian musicians.

"I feel there has been enough of cross border artistes and now it is time to encourage and promote Indian talent in our country," said Gupta, the in-house music composer for Tips Films. He wants to concentrate on promoting Indian voices and said Tips would launch two new Indian singers with the albums Rooh and Ni9NE.

Gupta, a former member of Delhi's fusion band Mrigya, has performed at over 600 concerts across countries like Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Britain.

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