New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tapped fingers on desk and his knuckles and clapped occasionally as he enjoyed Sufi qawwali on Thurday evening.
After addressing the World Sufi forum where he said fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion, the Prime Minister joined the audience to savour every moment as Sufi musicians belted out qawwalis.
As he sat for nearly an hour during the performance, deeply engrossed in music, he could be seen tapping his knuckles with his fingers, on the desk and at times clapping in appreciation.
During his address, Modi referred to Sufi poet-musician Amir Khusro, saying even eight centuries later his poetry and musical innovation continue to be part of the soul of Hindustani music. “No one had spoken of Indian music with such passion as he had,” Modi said.
As soon as Modi climbed the stage, two men sitting in the audience chanted the slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. Later, when he was about to begin his speech, the same men again chanted saying Muslims have objections to saying ‘Bharat mata ki jai.’