Bruce Lee Mani
Nobody likes queues, but the picket line is quite in fashion at the moment. The ‘Ban on Live Music and Dancing’ in Bangalore has converted even the most vacuous status message into a rallying cry against injustice, a passionate appeal for freedom, or an angry outburst against culture crime. And this, for the most part, is good. Bangalore is still some sort of Pub Capital, if a little watered-down, and it is interesting that such issues don’t seem to plague other metros as often.
In this mad mixed-up country we live in, it can be quite all right to burn down the occasional church or commit a passing genocide, but live music? ‘Aping the West’ live music? Lumped-with-the-chamiya-bar live band?
Nay and forsooth! While these mostly honest, working musicians work very hard and pay their taxes, the rug of employment is frequently pulled from under their down-at-the-heel boots by the righteous rogues of the law. Or so it seems.
The fog around what is or is not enforceable on Live
Prem Panicker, Managing Editor, Yahoo! India
Journalist. Loves reading, writing; hates 'rithmetic.