Visa Denial: UK Mission to Speak to Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan
Aug 13 2016 by Francis Osborne
Iconic Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan on Friday said his visa application to the United Kingdom has been rejected.
Khan said the rejection of visa had "upset" him as he has been performing on worldwide stages every year since the early 1970s. "Scheduled to perform at the #RoyalFestivalHall in Sep...", Khan tweeted. Performing nearly every year in #UK since the early 70s.
In a series of tweets, Amjad Ali Khan also tagged Union External Minister, Sushma Swaraj, the Indian High Commission in London and the British High Commission in New Delhi. "Upset to have my visa rejected @HCI_London @MEAIndia @UKinIndia @SushmaSwaraj", he added. It was part of a multi-city tour by him and his sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash. "The government should take interest why they (the UK) are doing this".
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Earlier in the day, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he was detained at the Los Angeles airport. After the apologies, the actor said he respects protocol but being stopped at the airport was "a tad inconvenient". The tweet invoked swift apologies from Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State in charge of South Asia and Central Asia and USA ambassador to India, Richard Verma, on Twitter.
U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma also apologised to Shahrukh Khan, saying that he is working to ensure it doesn't happen again. In 2009, he was stopped at the Newark Airport, New Jersey, and was released after two hours at the intervention of the Indian consulate in NY. There never is. But a lot, I think, has to do with the current situation in the world.