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Man doesn't utter 'bahut khoob' or 'kya baat hai' while listening to Ghazals, gets thrown out of gathering

27, Dec 2015 By Hemant Bijapurkar

New Delhi. In a shocking news and also in an indication of growing intolerance, a certain Mr Tansen Kumar, who was attending a private Ghazal concert was reportedly thrown out of it after he failed to appreciate the event by saying either “bahut khoob or “waah, kya baat hai” even once.

In fact, he didn’t even throw up his hand (only the right or the left one at one time) in air while having an appreciative look even once during the whole duration of the gathering. He now has been banned from further attending any such Ghazal concerts until he lacerates and seeks penance for his sad act.

Pankaj Udas
Even singers make such gestures, so the listeners must make, experts say.

One eyewitness to all this spoke to Faking News, “We were as usual sitting mesmerized listening to the soulful songs of a renowned Pakistani Ghazal singer who came to Delhi only due to security promised by our Chief Minister Kejriwal. We were prompting him from time to time with Kya Baat Hai, Bahut Khoob and other usual literary jargon, but to our shock this Tansen was just sitting there doing or saying nothing.”

“We waited for him to join us in appreciation but he didn’t mend his ways at all. Soon our patience wore out, and some people started hurling obscenities at him, just as the singer had started to sing about love, friendship and unity. A couple of others stopped the singer midway and hurled his mike and harmonica at him, a couple others took the sitar from one of the musicians and started beating Tansen.”

“He was later picked up and thrown out of the gathering. Hope he pays dearly for this,” the eyewitness said, adding, “See, we were doing all this for security of our Ghazal singer. We suspected that his guy was from Mumbai who had come to interrupt and vandalize the event, so we took corrective action.”

Faking News spoke to another listener at the event, who affirmed how important it was to use such words. “You are not supposed to sit there as if you’re watching some boring non-Times Now TV news. Ghazals are not complete unless listeners say ‘waah waah’ and so on. So when Tansen didn’t do that, it negated the whole aspect of listening to a Ghazal; it was apt that he got thrown out.”

When this reporter spoke to Tansen, he claimed that he was so mesmerized by the soulful Gazals that he was unable to think about anything but the music. He denied that he was from Mumbai or a member of Shiv Sena.