Legendary musician Hamsalekha has landed in controversy after a video of him making a controversial comment on late Pejawas Seer went viral. He has now given an apology following widespread criticism.
He was speaking at an event at Manasaganothri in Mysore last week. He stated that the seer should have visited his places instead of going to their colonies.
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He further added that “Pejawar Seer used to visit Dalit colonies. He can only visit their houses. Can he eat chicken if offered to him? Can he eat mutton or liver fry? Visiting the houses of Dalits is not a big deal. Kumaraswamy started ‘Gram Vastavya’ (a village stay program). Now, everyone is doing it… upper-class people should invite Dalits to their homes and feed them,”
After a widespread slam on social media Hamsalekha he came up with the following statement. “I did make a wrong statement and I apologise for my remarks over the seer. I keep people, who work for the upliftment of untouchables, in high regards. Even my wife disapproved of my comments. I am a musician and do not like to court controversy or hurt anyone. Just like my music my life and words should bring happiness,”