WEB DESK: Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali apologizes for the technical glitches during his performance at Pakistan India match opening ceremony in Eden Garden Stadium in Kolkata through social media on Saturday.
Ali was performing flawlessly when he got confused at the last line of the anthem which broke the sync between the artist and the sound system causing uproar among Pakistani cricket fans.
“I see that many of you, my friends & countrymen, who I hold in the greatest possible regard, believe that I owe you all an apology.
“I admit that there were a few audio & technical glitches that may have sounded like lyrical errors & I will surely apologise for not being able to win your praises this time, but assure you that I had by no means “forgotten” our beloved Qaumi Tarana…
“If I had, neither of the people who walked up to me that day would have said that they “loved” the performance,” posted Ali on his official page.
He added in his apology that the attitude towards his unintentional mistake from Pakistan was saddening.
“I will still apologise though, as I do not believe that ‘apologising’ changes me as an artiste or a person, but I will say that I am deeply hurt by the little faith that my fellow Pakistanis have in me after all these years of living and breathing the spirit of my country into my music,” He added.
He had been awarded with the Civil Award of Pride of Performance by the President of Pakistan in 2007.
Pakistani singer Ali Zafar also supported Ali in his Facebook post.