Dec 1, 2008

Entertainment - Jethro Tulli & Anoushka Shankar concerts in India on schedule

Gurudarshan Somayaji

The Jethro Tull and Anoushka Shankar concerts in India will be on schedule

The recent terror attack in Mumbai has brought the city to a stand still. Despite the magnitude of these attacks, the Indian leg of British band Jethro Tull's concerts will go on as scheduled.

According to Farhad Wadia, CEO of E18, the organisers, "We are not giving in to terrorism. As long as police provides us security, the shows will go on."

Last month, British band Def Leppard's tour was scrapped citing security as the primary reason. However, Thursday's show at Kolkata was to run as scheduled, according to organisers as well as Ajay Ranade, superintendant of police, South 24 Paraganas, "Everything hasn't come to a standstill. The show will go on as normal, and we have to continue as normal," he told DNA.

Explaining the reason, Wadia said: "Life must go on otherwise these guys (terrorists) will win. Ian Anderson, the front man of Jethro Tull, has offered support. I spoke to Ian this morning and he denounced the attacks and said the show will go on as normal. He also said that despite the threat of IRA back home, they continued with shows as normal."

Despite the shows going on, there will be heightened security at these venues:
29 Nov at Shanmukhananda Auditorium, Mumbai
30 Nov at Hamsadhwani Amphitheater, New Delhi
02 December at Palace Grounds, Bangalore
03 December at Hi Tech City Auditorium, Hyderabad

Wadia also added: "We have to ensure safety of the crowds and the bands and as well as security assistance from the police, we will have additional security in place."

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