Arijit Singh’s show cancelled because he sang “Rang de tu mohe gerua” in front of Mamata Banerjee: BJP’s Amit Malviya


After his planned concert in Kolkata was postponed by a government agency, singer Arjit Singh is at the centre of a new controversy to which the BJP has added a political hue.

Recently, Arijit Singh performed his well-known song “Rang de tu mohe gerua” in front of chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the opening of the Kolkata International Film Festival. In addition to his well-known Bengali songs, he also performed this song at the KIFF.

The permission for Arijit Singh’s event was denied, according to Mayor Firhad Hakim, because a G-20 event is also scheduled in the same location.


“The event marking India’s G-20 presidency will take place at the convention hall just opposite the Eco Park (the venue where Arijit Singh’s concert was supposed to take place). Several foreign dignitaries are likely to attend that event,” Firhad Hakim said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

“Huge crowds would have gathered for Arijit Singh’s show and it would have been difficult to handle. The police felt that conducting such a big event could result in a law and order problem,” the Mayor added.

“Sr Bachchan was on dot when he spoke about shrinking space for civil liberties and freedom of expression at the Kolkata Film Festival. Arijit Singh who sang “Rang de tu mohe gerua”, with Mamata Banerjee on the dais now finds his show at EcoPark cancelled by HIDCO, a WB Govt body,” BJP’s Amit Malviya tweeted.