Assam singer Zubeen defies ULFA’s diktat, sings Hindi songs

Zubeen Garg
Guwahati, April 19: This Rongali Bihu festivities in Assam, the "reign of terror" of ULFA militant group is back again.

The militant group has targeted singers and musicians of the state, who perform during Bihu festivities in various platforms across Assam.

ULFA's Paresh Barua faction had issued a statement last week warning musicians and other artistes against performing Hindi film songs and dance numbers, describing these as "India's cultural invasion" of Assam.

But, popular singer Zubeen Garg refused to bow down before any pressure. On Wednesday (April 17), Garg (40), who is also a well-known playback singer in Bollywood performed his mega-hit song "Ya Ali.." from film Gangster.

After Zubeen's performance, ULFA warned the singer and musician of dire consequences if he further performs Hindi songs.

But, "daredevil" Zubeen did not pay any heed to the threats and once again on Thursday night (April 18) performed several Hindi songs.

When asked about ULFA's threat against singers and musicians performing Hindi songs, Zubeen said, "I will sing."

"I don't care. No power can dictate an artiste. We have our own freedom. This is nothing new for me. The ULFA had banned me in the 1990s too. I have earned nationwide fame singing Hindi songs. It is our national language. Who are they to say Hindi songs will destroy Assamese culture. It is an outdated and ridiculous idea," Garg said.

"While all other artistes heeded to our appeal, Zubeen Garg has willfully defied it. He is an agent of Hindi aggression on Assam. We will resist his singing Hindi songs. And if that leads to any conflict then we should not be held responsible," a statement issued by ULFA's media wing said.

But, Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi provided needed support to Zubeen and his stand.

"Singers and artistes are free to sing songs of their choice. Nobody can dictate them. If necessary we will give all security to Zubeen," said Gogoi.

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