Otherwise conservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is nowadays making news for cultural events. It has not been so long since famous K-POP band BTS performed in Riyadh, the capital of KSA and now Pakistani singers Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan have also enchanted Saudi audience with their voice.
The music concerts in Saudi Arabia by internationally acclaimed western and eastern singers show that the country is on the path to a dynamic cultural change.
Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Concert in Riyadh
Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had reportedly their first-ever concert in Riyadh Saudi Arabia on October 25. Saudi Arabia has a huge number of Pakistani and Indian expats, the reason why the concert was a success.
Atif and Rahat’s show didn’t get much limelight as compared to the BTS concert but it just made its presence felt.
It’s not been so long since Atif’s sang legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s famous Wohi Khuda Hai in Coke Studio and earned praise from Indo-Pak fans. The song was on a trending list on YouTube in various countries of the world. Given the immense popularity of the singer, it was unlikely for his concert to not be a big hit.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s performance also did equally well to enthrall the Saudi audience.
Why Such Concerts Shouldn’t be Held in Pakistan As Well
It is heartening to see that normality is coming back to Pakistan but it seems that there is much that needs to be changed. The country also needs to liberalize its policy at least to an extent that cultural events take place without any impediment. For this, not only the government needs to come up with proper policies but factions of the public who don’t let go of an opportunity to criticize someone should also need to rethink their attitude.
There are some people, albeit few in numbers, who discourage such initiatives with negative remarks. Even in the case of Atif and Rahat’s concert in Riyadh, there were people who found in condemnable for singers to perform in the Holy land.