One of India’s most celebrated musicians has said he is “shocked” and “appalled” after the British government rejected his application for a visa.
Amjad Ali Khan, who is revered in India and worldwide and is considered one of the greatest Sarod players in history, was set to perform at a concert at London’s prestigious Royal Festival Hall in September.
The 70-year-old later tweeted: “Extremely sad for artists who are spreading the message of love & peace”.
Khan has been travelling the world since the early 1970’s and has performed in all seven continents and has played to sold out audiences on numerous prior occasions in Britain.
Khan was due to appear at the Southbank Centre’s Darbar Festival of culture. His two sold out shows were scheduled for 17 and 18 September.
A spokesman for the Southbank Centre told the Hindustan Times that the rejection of Khan’s visa was due to a recent change in visa guidelines and said it was working closely with the Indian High Commission in London to resolve the matter.