Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s visa application was rejected today by the UK High Commission. 

The 70-year-old artist, who was to perform at the Royal Festival Hall next month, said he is “shocked and appalled” at the rejection of his visa application. Asked about the reason for the rejection of visa application, a UK High Commission Spokesperson merely said that the mission does not comment on individual cases. 

Khan posted series of  tweets also tagging the foreign minister Sushma Swaraj:

He also added:

Expressing disappointment over the UK denial, Amjad’s son Amaan Ali said, “This has never happened before. In our country this is not cool. It is very sad that it has happened to him. He is someone who has worked all his life for the country and peace. The government should take interest why they (UK) are doing this.” 

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