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'Bhajan mandalis' cannot be stopped from playing in Mumbai locals: Goyal

ANI  |  Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] 

Goyal said on Saturday that the mandalis, groups of artistes who play devotional songs in trains, would not be banned even if they did create

"They are an institution; they are as much a part of Indian as the itself. I am not in a mood to stop these mandalis. Those few who are very concerned about their noise possibly metro may be a better or some other way," the said here after attending an event at

"It will be very unfair on me [my part] to kill the legacy or something which is very intrinsic to There are already many activists also who want to stop all the processions of dahi-handi, and all the procession of Eid. We are not amongst that [them]. We want to encourage India's rich culture and heritage," Goyal added.

The singing groups have had a few run-ins with the authorities in the past.

Last year, the Railway authorities even imposed a fine on one of the 150 groups.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 01:54 IST