Popular playback singer Unnikrishnan had arranged for a press meet to tender his apologies for the unexpected incident of receiving a shawl from Douglas Devananda, a Minister in the cabinet of Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, in his recent music concert at Jaffa, Sri Lanka. It may be worth mentioning here that another Popular playback singer Hariharan had cancelled his trip to the Sri Lanka for the same concert bowing to Tamil Sentiments.
Ever since the Tamils were massacred mercilessly by the Lankan army apparently on instructions from Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, Kollywood has been boycotting Sri Lanka as a foreign destination to shoot its films and all actors, actresses, technicians and others are being advised not to visit that country at any cost for any purpose. However Unnikrishnan took part in the musical concert to perform at the behest of the invitation of the Lankans.
Unnikrishnan gave a clarification on the unexpected circumstances which led him receiving a shawl from Douglas Devananda as:
“Popular carnatic music exponent T.M. Krishna had arranged for the concert as part of the celebrations at the Nalloor Kandaswamy Temple at Jaffna. I was also scheduled to give a lecture on Indian music to the students at the nearby Ramanathan Music Academy.
“Even as the concert was proceeding smoothly, Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda arrived at the venue uninvited and presented a shawl to me. I’m aware as to how bad Tamils would have felt when I received the shawl. I’d like to clarify that it was a totally unexpected development as the Minister made an unscheduled visit and did something which I couldn’t control in front of a huge crowd and the media.
“I tender my sincere apologies for the unexpected incident and consider it as a ‘black dot’ in my musical sojourn. I went to Jaffna only on an assurance from the Indian Cultural Commission that no untoward incident might happen. Still, what mentioned above had taken place. I’d like to assure that I’d ensure that no such thing happens in future; I also request the Tamils all over the world to continue to patronize me!” he said.”
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