Dear Editor,women performers will add grace and enhance the quality of divine renditions that are streamed worldwide. Before Partition, Muslim ragis would often appear at the sanctum sanctorum and perform kirtan. In the past, Begum Akhtar, the ghazal queen of yore, had also expressed her desire to sing at Harmandir Sahib. So had Lata Mangeshkar, but the gender-specific attitude of the authorities did not permit that. The time to do away with this discrimination has arrived. On the Guru’s 550th birth anniversary, let the hymn ‘So kyon manda aakhye, jit jamme raajaan’ be in the voice of the gender Baba Nanak was defending in his Asa di Waar, sung every morning at the Golden Temple. Mohan Singh, Amritsar.
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