A source close to the music composer said, "Rahman sir was supposed to perform at the concert, but couldn't because of the recent controversy. He has personally apologised to Bhushan (Kumar, T-Series chief) and had also sent a letter to the team saying he didn't want the show to be disrupted because of him."

Earlier this month, a local Muslim group issued a fatwa against Rahman and Iranian director Majid Majidi for their work on a film titled Muhammad: Messenger of God. In the fatwa, they have called for a ban on the film, stating that the Prophet's word is that no visual or picture of him be created or kept.

They claim that the project makes a mockery of Islam, and Muslims working on the film have committed sacrilege and will have to read the kalma again and solemnise their marriage one more time.

T-Series chief Bhushan Kumar says, "Rahman sir tried his best to come (for the show), but the situation was unavoidable."


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