Story by Shivani Ramakrishnan
(inputs from Scroll.in)
Chennai, November 15, 2018
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When trolls go around, you pay the price, as prolific Carnatic musician, T. M. Krishna found out today morning, after the Airports Authority of India (AAI) postponed the singer’s event at New Delhi.
Krishna was scheduled to perform at New Delhi on November 17, 2018 for ‘Dance and Music in the park Programme’. The programme was jointly organised by AAI and the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY) as a part of its two-day festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri.
After trolls surfaced on Twitter accusing the singer of being ‘anti-national’, ‘urban anxal’ and a ‘converted bigot who sang about Jesus and Allah’, the AAI was forced to postpone Krishna’s performance and took to Twitter to issue a statement. The trolls also accused AAI of using public funds to sponsor an ‘anti-India’ musician and tagged several senior government officials in their rants.
We would like to inform that due to some urgent engagements, 'Dance and Music in the Park' programme jointly organized by #AAI and @spicmacay, scheduled for 17th & 18th November, 2018 has been postponed and new dates would be shared shortly. Inconvenience caused is regretted.
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) November 14, 2018
Meanwhile, SPIC-MACAY confirmed the cancellation of the programme in a tweet.
Music and dance in the Park postponed till Dec dates will announce soon…New Delhi
— SPIC MACAY (@spicmacay) November 14, 2018
T. M. Krishna seemed to be unfazed by the trolls and commented that he was willing to perform anywhere at Delhi and added that people could not let themselves be cowed down by such kind of threats.