History repeated itself for legendary singer Zubeen Garg at Noonmati on Friday night. Garg had earlier courted controversy when he defied diktat of ULFA not to sing Hindi songs during Bihu. A similar incident took place on Friday night when Garg stormed off the stage after he was stopped midway by the organizers while singing his own Hindi hit ‘Dil tu hi bata’ from Krrish 3.
Garg and Assamese singer Ritisha were singing the duet when the organisers took to stage and told them emphatically not to sing Hindi songs. They said Garg had violated an agreement, which they signed with him, by singing the Hindi number.
A miffed Garg told them that it was a musical programme and he was at liberty to sing in any language.
‘Why can’t I sing in Hindi or in English? Bihu is a musical festival. I will sing whatever I wish to and you cannot dictate me. I have sung 16,000 songs in the last 25 years of my career, not you,’ he thundered before leaving the stage.
Later, he told reporters that a militant from the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), who is believed to be in good terms with the outfit’s military chief Paresh Baruah, had asked him not to sing Hindi songs. Garg wondered why the man had not been arrested. The person is reportedly one Hiranya Saikia, a surrendered ULFA rebel.
Garg has received overwhelming support from his fans who supported his decision to walk out from the stage.