Singer Arijit Singh was set to perform in Nagpur on 1 April, 2017, but due to a multiplicity of reasons including the inability of the organisers to pay the full tax amount, his concert will be cancelled for the third time in this city.
A source speaking to Times of India revealed that Singh was to be paid Rs 1.35 crore, half of which was already paid to him. The remaining amount was to be paid a couple of days prior to the concert, which the organisers were unable to do.
It has also been reported that there was an issue with the entertainment tax department. The organisers wished to pay tax only on the tickets sold, whereas the department demanded that they pay advance tax on the whole ticketing plan amounting to Rs 44 lakh, which the organisers were unable to afford.
Additionally, there also seems to have been a technical failure. Technicians who had been flown in from Mumbai could not start their work on time citing delayed payments, which resulted in delays on this front despite bouncers, CCTV cameras and seating being in place.
However, the organisers have said that the concert has now been postponed, and that Arijit Singh is scheduled to perform in the first week of May 2017.
As per agreements with ticket booking website bookmyshow.com, every ticket which was sold had to be authenticated by the entertainment tax department, failing which no tickets could be sold further. This reportedly put an immense financial strain on the organisers.
However, those who did purchase tickets will get a 100% refund and will be assisted in the process of re-booking tickets for the postponed show, as per production in-charge Pramod Batra.
Published Date: Apr 01, 2017 12:37 pm | Updated Date: Apr 01, 2017 12:39 pm