"In this matter, if anybody suspects that Hindu and Muslim fundamentalists were hand in glove, they cannot be blamed," he said.
Vijayan, who hails from Thalassery in the northern Kannur district, said the song is a re-mix of the mapilla pattu (traditional Muslim song), penned by P M A Jabbar and rendered by Thalassery Rafeeq. It was broadcast by Akashvani in 1978.
The rendition had made the song very popular, he said.
The song about Prophet Mohammad's love for his wife and his marriage has been sung during traditional Muslim wedding ceremonies for decades, Vijayan said.
"The controversy reminds us that fundamentalists, whichever section they belong to, hate all expressions of art. They cannot tolerate the bliss and knowledge common people receive through art and literature," he said.
Art and literature are "strong weapons against religious fundamentalism and communalism and we need to stand by the followers of liberal arts," Vijayan added.
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