Letter of Farhad Wadia - The organiser of ID Rock

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  1. cYpHeR

    cYpHeR Banned

    juss got dis in a mail.....read it fully even if u dont listen to rock..

    Dear Friends,

    What happened today at the Gateway of India is a travesty & mockery Of
    Fair play & justice in our City. Today The Commissioner of Police for
    Mumbai City did not just Stop Independence Rock He basically told all of
    us that the police will control what Kind of Music can OR Can't be heard
    at the Gateway of India; a monument that belongs to all Mumbaikar's . In
    one stroke his Diktat didn't just cancel a Festival that was about to
    celebrate its 20th Year at the Gateway ... but it stabbed at the heart
    of Democracy in our Country. As certainly as that madman stabbed an
    innocent girl at the Gateway a few weeks ago this unfair Diktat has
    stabbed all Rock musicians, Fans & lovers who had come from Far & wide
    to perform & witness History in the making ---- The 20th Year Of
    Independence Rock!

    >From over the last 15 Days I have personally been making the rounds of
    every Government office in the City . We applied and got all the
    following Permisions & Noc's :
    1.) Maharashtra Government for the use of the Gateway .
    2.) Cultural Secretary for the use of the Gateway .
    3.) Archaeological Survey of India - NOC for the use of the Gateway.
    4.) BMC - NOC after paying their Venue Charges & Deposits.
    5.) BMC SHOW departments NOC
    6.) Fire Brigade NOC
    7.) PWD electrical & Stage Compliance report .
    8.) Collector Mumbai for Entertainment Tax Clearance after Pre - Payment
    of Entertainment Tax of Rs. 40,000
    9.) Colaba Police Station NOC
    10.) RTO - NOC
    11.) RTO - Bandobast charges of 11,474 were paid for 30 - 40 Traffic
    12.) DCP ZONE 1 & Zone 2 Clearance
    13.) Rangbhoomi Permission for Lyrics
    14.) Censor Board Clearance.
    15.) Loud-speaker License issued by the Colaba Police Station

    Along the way I got the runaround of a lifetime wherein I had to beg,
    plead, cajole grovel, namedrop & Bribe at virtually every turn. However
    I kept telling myself it will be worthwhile come the 3rd & the 4th of
    Sept when the concert takes place. My friend & fellow musician Hon
    Milind Deora MP helped and made a hundred calls every time we got stuck
    ... Vinod Shekhar Municipal Corporator for A WARD too helped us
    immensely... However the last 2 permissions the Ticket Selling License &
    The Performance License which are a mere formality once you have the
    above 15 in place; were denied to us at the 11th hour after being told
    all along the way that they were "just awaiting Saab's Signature " After
    spending 6 hours at the Comissioner's office at 4:30 p.m. I was informed
    that the Joint CP Mr. Subhash Awate had refused to give us the
    permission, When I met him he casually told me that he will meet me
    later... When I informed him that the show began in 1 Hours time he just
    got into his car & drove off.

    I begged and pleaded with Mr. A.N. Roy's PA Mr. Kulkarni if I could meet
    with him & plead our case ... I was informed that Sahib did not wish to
    see anybody. In desperation I dialed Milind's No and apprised him of the
    situation he immediately spoke to the Commissioner, who assured him that
    he will take a favorable view of the matter and that he would see me.
    Milind Called me back immediately and said that He was hopeful that the
    Commissioner would relent .

    When I went into the Cabin there was Mr. AN ROY ( Commissioner Police )
    , Mr. Patnaik ( Joint Commissioner ) & Mr. Naval Bajaj (DCP Zone 1). The
    commissioner started by telling me that - How Could I have wanted to
    stage a ROCK CONCERT at the Gateway? He kept stressing repeatedly that
    the Gateway was an inappropriate venue for this Kind of Music and told
    me that the Sound will Damage the monument. I assured him that this was
    the same Contractor - Roger Drego and the Same Sound system that had
    been used 4 times in the past 6 months for 4 different shows at the
    Gateway and authorized by his office. :
    1. The Mumbai Festival featuring Al Jarreau & other Jazz - Rock artists
    2. Shakti featuring Zakir Hussain & John Mac Laughlin another Jazz Rock
    / Fusion Act
    3. The Mumbai Mirror Launch function
    4. Bal Thackeray's Book Launch .

    To this he kept insisting that these were all Government Shows & not
    commercial events. When I told him that the Al Jarreau Gig was an MTV &
    VH1 Show which Charged an average of Rs 2000 & the Shakti show was
    organized by my friend Shashi Vyas who owns a private event company and
    had an average ticket price of Rs. 1500; & also the Launch of a private
    newspaper is a Commercial event .... & that Balasaheb Thackeray is a
    private Citizen with no official Government Post . He said that those
    shows were all right BUT ours was not Suitable for the Gateway .

    In spite of me repeatedly reminding him that Our Show had all INDIAN
    BANDS, & no Foreign Acts... Our 20th year Anniversary... and a Ticket
    Price one 1/10 th of the other events he had allowed ... he still told
    me that he would not permit it . In desperation I told him that not only
    did I stand to loose over Rs. 10 Lakhs that I had spent on the event but
    also 3000 kids who showed up from all across the Country would be
    disappointed , he told me that this was not his concern. He rejected our
    application on the grounds of Sound Pollution & Law & Order problem.

    This too me reeks of a simple prejudice that Rock listened to by Middle
    Class Non-Affluent College Kids is Sound Pollution & Jazz Rock Or Fusion
    patronized by the Page 3 Crowd was Sweet & Appropriate Music .... Once
    again a Government Official who has been invested with these Absolute
    powers by the Government has let his personal taste in music /
    perception of Rock Music influence his decision.

    Dejected & shattered by this unfair decision I made my way to the
    Gateway and informed the Huge Crowd that ...Once Again Rock Music Had
    been made a Scapegoat Of and asked them to disperse quietly & peacefully

    What happened next Amazed me ... Rock Fans who have been stereotyped as
    violent & abusive & other unflattering adjectives by the Police quietly
    left the venue . Had this been a Ganesh Utsav, Durga Pooja , Or Navratri
    Celebration there would have surely been a riot there !

    The question's we need to ask ourselves now are:
    1.) Are we going to let the Police decide what type of Music can be
    played at a National Monument?
    2.) Are we going to have one set of Rules for Jazz, Indian Classical, &
    Fusion and a different set of rules for Rock?
    3.) Are we still suffering from a Post Colonial Hangover that Foreign /
    White Bands can perform at National Monuments & Indian Bands don't have
    the same Rights ?
    4.) Are we going to have Separate rules for Big Newspapers & TV
    Organizations , & Politicians and different ones for ordinary citizens
    like me ?
    5.) Are we going to let Government officials whose Salaries get paid by
    taxes that we pay cause irreparable Loss of money Time & effort to
    citizens like me?
    6.) Are we going to let shows get cancelled after 14 different
    Government Departments have okayed it, just because someone did not like
    the idea of the Gateway of India to be used for a Rock Concert ?

    What has happened today thus is not just a Concert that has been
    cancelled. It is an infringement of our Constitutionally Guaranteed
    Fundamental Right to listen & enjoy different types of music without
    interference by Police Officials.

    I would thus like to request the Court's of our Country to intervene and
    correct this Gross Miscarriage of Justice and ensure that Independence
    Rock 20 Happens at the Gateway Of India towards the end of September!

    Please forward this to your Friends & ask them to forward it to their
    Friends ... Somewhere along the Line some one in a powerful place might
    wakeup to the fact that an injustice was done here and it should be

    On a dfifferent note all those who bought tickets .. they will be valid
    for the concert which will take place sometime this month.

    If you want a refund you can get this too by emailing SAHIL - THE DEMON

    Hey, Hey, My, My Rock & Roll Can Never Die !!! - Neil Young

    Yours Sincerely,

    Farhad K. Wadia
  2. ssslayer

    ssslayer Banned

    yeah ...
    saw this in a website ...

    kya kar sakte hain ... maibaap se punga to bus don hi le sakte hain ...
  3. Nanda

    Nanda Bassist

    i sent this to as many ppl as possible .. But crap country filled with crap ppl .. thts all i can say ..

    Mother fuc'kers need english to fuc'kn do every crap but not stuffs sung in english ...

    Bastards who speak so much ... if they r fuc'k partiotic they should fuc'kn stop ripping the western stuffs ...

    Bal thakrey itself invisted MJ to his house ... so whts wrong in we listening to some rock stuffs ...

    That police officer surely had his dick stuck up his moms cunt .. bastra'd for sure ...

    HELL HELLL .... I am gonna become a terrorist and kill all these fuc'kn bastar'ds ...
  4. cYpHeR

    cYpHeR Banned

    yea...even i forwarded it to soooo mny ppl...nvr got a reply frm anyone....there were however a couple of ppl who dont dig rock (like my Dad) but still fwded to sm more ppl...

    fukers....i hate ppl who cant appreciate other genres
  5. rocking_devil

    rocking_devil Banned

    wasnt this leter old one......anywayz,, it is superbly written......well thought of! hats off to fardhad wadia!
  6. shad_GNR

    shad_GNR Teh GuiTar Seller :p:

    Pseudo intellectual asholes....these asholes don't know anything of rock.....this is why our country is lagging back........ as long as these fukers are here we cannot promote rock properly.........hats off 2 u ppl for ur effort and endurance

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