New Delhi: A concert by T M Krishna, the famous Carnatic music vocalist, which was scheduled to be held in the national capital on Saturday has been called off allegedly due to a campaign by right-wing trolls who labelled him as ‘anti-national’ and ‘urban naxal’.
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 would like to inform that due to some urgent engagements, ‘Dance and Music in the Park’ programme jointly organised by AAI and SPICMACAY, scheduled on 17 and 18 November has been postponed and new dates would be announced shortly. Inconvenience regretted,” the Airports Authority of India said in a statement.
On November 10, the AAI had announced that Krishna will be performing at the event in a tweet. Advertisements also appeared in some newspapers in the city. However, on Tuesday night, the AAI informed SPIC-MACAY over email that the concert was called off.
According to a report in The Indian Express, AAI Chiarperson Guruprasad Mohapatra denied reports that the event was postponed because of the troll it received for inviting Krishna.
“We have some issues. Some exigency has come up and we are not free that day. Whatever note we have given in the media, that is all, there is nothing more I want to say on this,” Mohapatra told The Indian Express.
Soon after Krishna retweeted AAI’s invitation, a spate of trolls targeted the government body for sponsoring the concert. The tweets accused the AAI of using public funds to sponsor Krishna who sings about “Jesus and Allah”, is “anti-India”, and is a “converted bigot” and an “Urban Naxal”.
The trolls tagged senior functionaries in the government, including Minister of Railways, Coal and Corporate Affairs Piyush Goel and Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu.
According to the report, Krishna said that the SPIC-MACAY informed him on Tuesday that the AAI had promised the cultural organisation that it would ignore the tweets and hold the concert with additional security to the singer.
However, on Wednesday evening, AAI informed that the event has been postponed and the new dates would be announced shortly.
In August, Krishna’s scheduled concert at a Maryland temple had been called off allegedly after Hindutva activists accused him of singing Christian hymns.