So this is not religious Gundagardi.. https://t.co/5jyCmkt3pm- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 19, 2017
Today at 2pm Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulavi. https://t.co/5jyCmkt3pm- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 19, 2017
And Press is welcome to participate at 2pm.- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 19, 2017
Sonu Nigam has been widely criticised for describing being woken by the morning azaan as 'gundagardi.' He posted a series of tweets on Monday morning complaining about the use of loudspeakers and was promptly trolled. Read the tweets he posted on Monday:
God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus...- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Mr Nigam's posts provoked a furious debate, with several interpreting his posts as being hateful of Islam. Others said the terms he used to make his point were offensive. Actor-director Pooja Bhatt posted this:
I wake each morning to the sound of church bells & the Azaan in a quiet by-lane of Bandra.I light an aggarbatti & salute the spirit of India? Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) April 18, 2017
Sonu Nigam was also slammed by his colleague, composer Wajid Khan, and others who called for #BoycottSonu.
In subsequent tweets, Mr Nigam explained that he was objecting to the use of loudspeakers and not to the azaan or call to prayer itself. He denied that his tweets were critical of Islam.
Sonu Nigam has also received support from many Twitter users, including actress Richa Chadha.
People will misunderstand your tweet n give it a communal tinge, only those who know you will know you mean not to stoke a fire. https://t.co/P8NvIQ4m4s- TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) April 17, 2017
The singer has been responding to some of his critics on social media, as well as retweeting those siding with him.
Sonu Nigam is best known for his playback singing in films like Kal Ho Naa Ho and Agneepath. His body of work includes songs like Zoobi Doobi, Abhi Mujhme Kahin and Main Agar Kahoon. Mr Nigam has served as a judge on the reality show Indian Idol 9 and is now helping launch cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as a singer.