An Indian-American rapper, Himanshu Suri, recently performed in Paris after questions were raised over the safety in the French capital following November 13 terrorist attacks.
Amid objections by his fans on the social network site – ‘Twitter’ over his performance in Paris’s Silencio night club, also, Mr. Suri earlier in the day penned an article in the US-based vice magazine explaining his stand on why he is going ahead with his concert in Paris.
Popularly known as Heems, he wrote in his article, "I believe in the power of music. In a terrible world, I think music is a tool no different from religion to get through difficult times. Perhaps this time I took the attack more personally". Heems also talked about 9/11 attacks in the US and attacks in Mumbai.
"I'm also a brown man. I identify as Hindu, Sikh, Sufi. I wear long fabrics. A beard. Immediately, I felt like a victim of the events and of its racial repercussions", he further wrote.
Meanwhile, some of the international music bands such as Foo Fighters and U2 went ahead with their cancellation in France and around Europe, in the light of the elevated security concerns.