Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sonu Nigam blames organizers for no-show at ‘Dhamaka’ 2012

 
Singer Sonu Nigam says he was forced to pull out of the 'Dhamaka 2012' concert in London after the event's organizers failed to obtain the necessary visas for his group.
The award-winning Indian singer had been scheduled to perform alongside Pakistani artist Atif Aslam at the O2 in East London on Sunday night.
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, the singer’s management said organizers of the event had failed to arrange the appropriate sponsorship for UK Visas for Nigam’s “entire group.”
It’s not clear who that group included.
On 15th April Nigam had taken to his Twitter account to declare: “I’m not part of the London O2 concert on 22nd April 2012 guys.  Just letting you all know.  Another time.  Love u all and thanks for the support.”
Two days later he backtracked, tweeting: “London O2 happening…Get ready guys.”
Less than 24 hours before the concert however, the singer tweeted: “Disappointed n enraged 2 inform every1 tht I'm not coming 2 London.  Hard 2 believe tht except my visa, not a single visa for my group was done.”
The singer added: “Never happened in 20 years of overseas travel. Don't know whom (sic) to blame. Our entire team's time and repute (sic) has been wasted.”
The statement details events in the run up to the cancellation of the trip to London: “Mr. Nigam had categorically announced his delight in performing for the said concert and spread the word amongst his anxious fans on the 17th April.  After their entire troupe's ordeal on their way back from Australia – when their connecting flight to Bombay got cancelled from Singapore and they had to fly to Delhi and then reach Mumbai – they headed straight to the British visa office VFS in Andheri East, and fulfilled the official formalities as the promoters in UK had assured that the visas could easily be procured thereafter.  Little did we know that we will reach a point where our time, our dates and most importantly our credibility will go through testing times such as this!  In our 20 years of successful inning (sic) in the (sic) show-biz, this is the first time a promoter has failed to obtain visas for our entire group except Mr Nigam's!  We are aghast at this unexpected turn of events.”
 
The statement received a mixed reaction from the public.
One fan – Sarika Pugla, writing on Nigam’s Facebook page – vented her anger at both parties, saying “I hate this blame game and am very disappointed at the sheer audacity of you people (both Sonu Nigam's team and the event’s promoters) to put us in such a situation.  Who on earth is naïve enough to believe that UK visas can be obtained in 4 working days?  Why did you people not question the organizers beforehand?”
Another, Amisha Patel, placed the blame squarely on the organizers, writing “A real shame.  The promoters have had plenty of time to get things organized.”
“Sonu we didn’t go to the O2 today but look forward to seeing you perform in London soon”, she added.
Others were far less conciliatory.  Asad Shan tweeted, “Just read one of the most pathetic press releases…talk about integrity but don’t mess with the UK audience…we make you…”
The statement from Nigam went on to say, “We have given the option to the promoters to postpone the event and work on another date, viz 26th or 30th of April, or 26th of May, so the fans do not feel let down, and we still stand by it.  All this despite the wastage (sic) of an important date and so much negativity from the promoter's side in the UK.”

It added, “For everyone's knowledge, every single member of our group has his\her passport stuck still in the UK consulate.”
The Dhamaka concert was penciled in during a packed schedule of concerts featuring some of the biggest names in Indian music, including Kailash Kher and the Raghu Dixit Project.
The event was promoted extensively by the organizers Dhamaka and Flex FX, both headed by dancer and choreographer Naz Choudhury, who had promised an event that was as much a music concert as it was an exercise in diplomacy.
The concert continued at the O2, albeit with a sparse crowd and a dance troupe supporting Atif Aslam.
The organizers did not respond to a message from The UKAsian requesting a comment.
- Staff Reporter (Edited by Vijitha Alles)







Sonu Nigam blames organizers for no-show at ‘Dhamaka’ 2012

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