Assamese Singer Leaves Stage Midway Amid Objections to Hindi Songs

Zubeen Garg, MusicianI’m going off, thank you so much – but I love you. Let’s go. It’s finished.

These were the last words uttered by Assamese musician Zubeen Garg on Friday evening as he left from a live concert performance at Noonmati in Guwahati, Assam.

While he sang a self-composed Hindi song on the occasion of Rongali Bihu, which marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year, organisers – the Noonmati Bihu Committee – objected to the recital as they insisted he should only sing songs in Assamese.

Commotion ensued as a crowd of organisers and police officials took to the stage. Garg, objecting to the interference in his performance, spoke directly to the crowd on a microphone, and said, "You cannot dictate me."

Atanu Bhuyan, editor-in-chief of a local daily, Assam Talks, tweeted:

Although the singer decided to leave the stage midway, his Facebook page is now overflowing with support from his fans.

Garg’s fans expressed their support for the singer. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)
Garg’s fans expressed their support for the singer. (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)

Garg has not commented any further on the matter.