Theatres and restaurants were not the place to play Anthem says Nigam

Vastavam web: Wading into the ongoing debate over playing the national anthem in public places, singer Sonu Nigam today said while he honoured every country’s anthem, he also believed theatres and restaurants were not the place for it.Sonu said the national anthem of any country should be respected and be given the same honour that people bestow on their own anthem.On Monday, the Supreme court directed the Centre to decide on the playing of the anthem in public places, including cinema halls.

The singer, who has often walked into controversies, drew a parallel between the anthem and one’s parents.”I respect my parents and if I know they will not be respected at certain places, why should I take them there? I want them to be respected when they go out. Similarly, the national anthem should not be played at places where it will not be respected,” Sonu said on the sidelines of an event.He stressed that he would stand up for the anthem of Pakistan or of any country.

“Even if the national anthem of US is played I will stand up. If it is played then why I should disrespect it? I am not a leftist or rightist I am in the middle,” he said.Sonu had found himself in the eye of a Twitter storm earlier this year, for his comments against the use of loudspeakers in religious places. He had expressed his annoyance over being woken up by azaan every morning.Suddenly, I saw some people, who know me since quite some time not standing by me.”But at the same time, I got a lot of support. Lot of people tell me I raised the issue in a good way, without abusing anyone.”