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Light, sound & generator association calls for strike, cancellation cloud over events

Source: Times of India - Pune Times

The Pune Lights, Sound and Generators Association’s decision to call for a strike from August 11 to September 6 is likely to hit over 1,000 upcoming events in the city.

Amongst the biggest events that may be affected include the upcoming Indian Ocean concert in the city on August 13, Indian pop rock band Sanam’s concert on August 19, the Osho Music and Meditation Festival from August 11, sources from the association said.

Uday Shah, president of the association, said we have close to 4,000 vendors as a part of the association. “The strike may hit over 1,000 upcoming events in the city. These include board-room and wedding and sangeet events, concerts, birthdays as well as other events requiring services such as sounds, lights, generators and LED,” he said.

Shah said the association has already informed all the Ganesh mandals about the strike. “The association decided for the strike as they are being targeted for flouting noise pollution norms each year, though they only provide sound systems as per the wishes of their clients,” the sources said.

“We are trying to resolve the issue with the authorities, hoping that some solution could be arrived at forwithdrawing the strike,” Shah added.

Sources in the organizing team of the upcoming Indian Ocean concert in Pune said, “This is a six-city and month-long tour of the band. Our tickets are already up for grabs and payment to venues have been made. We heard about the strike on Wednesday and are now stuck in a situation. The event may be called off if the equipment does not reach us.”

Another industry source involved in organizing the Indian Pop Rock Band Sanam’s concert in the city said, “The event has not been cancelled as of now. We are trying to sort this issue out currently.”



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