AR Rahman concert in Pune was stopped midway by police.
Police stopped a concert by Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, as it continued past the 10 p.m. deadline.
Police stopped a concert by Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, as it continued after the 10 p.m. deadline, an official said on Monday. After the concert was held on Sunday, a video went viral on social media platforms in which a policeman was seen walking onto the stage and asking Rahman, other artists and organizers to stop the musical show as he was already more than 10 hours.
A huge crowd had gathered to witness music maestro Rahman’s live concert held at the Raja Bahadur Mills in Pune.
“As the 10 p.m. deadline had passed, we asked him (Rahman) and other artists to stop the show. They followed instructions and stopped the show,” said Bundgarden Police Station Inspector Santosh Patil, who was seen in the video asking Rahman and other artists playing music to stop. pointing to his watch.
No cases have been registered in this regard, a senior police official said.
In a Twitter post on Monday, Rahman, 56, thanked Pune for “all the love and euphoria” during “a roller coaster concert” but did not address the incident.
“Punished! Thank you for all the love and euphoria last night! It was such a rollercoaster concert! No wonder Pune is home to so much classical music! We’ll be back soon to sing with you again!” the Oscar-winning actress said.
Did we all have the “Rockstar” moment on stage yesterday? I think we did! We were overwhelmed with the love from the audience and kept wanting to give more. Pune, thank you once again for a memorable evening. Here is a little excerpt from our roller coaster ride 😉 pic.twitter.com/qzC1TervKs— ARrahman (@arrahman) May 1, 2023
An aide close to Rahman, however, said police could have spoken to the organizers instead of pointing fingers at Rahman, a Padma Bhushan laureate known worldwide for his music.
“10 p.m. was curfew time, but they said that was the last song and there was only a minute left. The police chief went to the stage and directly asked ARR (Rahman) to stop, pointing at him. The police should have spoken to the organizers or another control booth,” the aide said.
Event organizer Dr Heramb Shelke said stopping the show in this way was disrespectful to Rahman, a composer admired and appreciated around the world, and that it could have been done in a “good and decent”.
“At the last moment it shouldn’t have happened because the whole program was well organised,” he said.
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