AR Rahman fans left in lurch as rain plays spoilsport at concert venue in Kochi

With rain playing spoilsport, hundreds of Rahman fans who had reached the venue well in advance returned home a drenched and disappointed lot after waiting for hours.​

Published: 13th May 2018 04:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2018 06:46 AM   |  A+A-

People waiting at the the venue of the show after it was abandoned owing to rain

Express News Service

KOCHI: The much-anticipated AR Rahman music concert, which was scheduled to be held at a controversial parcel of land in Irumpanam on Saturday evening, was cancelled at the last minute after evening showers turned the venue into a muddy lake.Though sources said the concert will be held on Sunday, no official confirmation was received in this regard.

With rain playing spoilsport, hundreds of Rahman fans who had reached the venue well in advance returned home a drenched and disappointed lot after waiting for hours.“Even the way to reach the venue was slippery. However, enduring all difficulties, we reached the venue just to get a glimpse of our favourite musician. It’s really painful to miss the music show of such a great legend,” said Sajini, who came all the way from Thiruvananthapuram with her husband and one-year-old baby. Many fans criticised the organisers for conducting such a high-profile show in a converted paddy field.“If their aim was to conduct a music programme, they shouldn’t have chosen this paddy field. 

They could have chosen Marine Drive or any other big venue. Through this, they aimed at converting the paddy field so that they can construct high-rise buildings. It’s a business and we are the fools,” lamented a 50-year-old music fan.Since only a narrow road was available for reaching the venue, traffic snarls also emerged as a big issue. The people who had parked their vehicles at the venue took nearly three hours to get out of there.

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  • Martin

    Sue the booking agents of the artist - BToS Productions Frazer Town Bangalore for agreeing to this venue.
    1 year ago reply
  • Arpit

    I don't know why Rahman team partners with BookMyShow organizers. They are cheat. They also organized a horrible show in Ahmedabad recently called Encore. BMS just want money they don't give a shit about anything else.
    1 year ago reply
  • Akash

    The event was a total disaster with heavy traffic blocks and people left stranded in the muddy paddy field . A case should be filed against the organisers for taking the event preparation so lightly inspite of MET department warning of thundershowers for the last 1 week . The organizers could have conducted the event in JLN Stadium or Marine Drive for a show of such mass appeal. Kudos for Indian Express for reporting the hardships faced by all A R Rahman fans ! All other media houses has suppressed this news for vested interest
    1 year ago reply
    • Anilkumar T

      Please don't criticise the media. This is a follow story. The land they have used for conducting the programme is suitable as it already comes under the wetland. We already carried a story against the organisers. http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2018/may/12/kochi-tahsildar-issues-stop-memo-against-filling-of-land-1813519.html
      1 year ago reply
      • dilep

        Can you do a further follow up story? The channel promised refund but yet to get it. Those who went to postoffice also were denied. The contact number given is switched off
        1 year ago reply
        • Anilkumar T

          Sure Dilep will look in to the matter.
          1 year ago reply
  • Abdunnasir

    We booked 3 tickets in book my show and after waiting 4 hours and was disappointed and went back to malappuram.......why did they arranged in conjusted area?It was cheating.
    1 year ago reply
  • VISHWANATH MV

    It is true.. The venue was not appropriate for a mega event like this.. They made thousands of music lovers and fans of AR Rahaman suffer in that slushy and slippery ground. They did not even anounce properly as to what is the fate of the event even after the public waiting patiently for more than 4 tho 5 hrs in that rain and totally drenched.. I appreciate the patience and good manners in which the people of kochi conducted .. Organisers had no control on the event except selling tickets.. Good bless this God's own country
    1 year ago reply
  • Anonymous

    Very poor organizing for such a huge event. The organizers could not even communicate properly with the audience properly
    1 year ago reply
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