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Question mark on SRK's show at Eden Gardens

Kolkata, May 6: West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakrabborty has expressed his reservations over Shah Rukh Khan's proposed performance before the Kolkata-Bangalore match at Eden Gardens on May 8 as the day coincides with the birth anniversary of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Mr Chakraborty, who has already asked his Ministry to return ''inadequate number'' of tickets for the third IPL match at Eden, said in Writers' Buildings yesterday that local people (Cricket Association of Bengal) should have informed the organisers about the significance of the day. On every Pachishe Baishak (Bengali almanac), the people of the state celebrate the birth anniversary of Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore with great fervour and enthusiasm.''How can one have such a performance on that very day in public which does not suit our culture and traditions,'' Mr Chakraborty questioned.

He, however, clarified that he had nothing personal against Shah Rukh Khan or anyone else, but opined that the local people should have told the organisers to ''shift the venue'' if at all such a programme was necessary prior to the match.

This was Mr Charkaborty's second reaction on the entertainment programmes by the cheerleaders and other dancers at Eden Gardens after he vowed to stop the matches if the scantily clad cheergirls were allowed to dance.

After the first match on April 20, Eden did not have girls from overseas performing on April 29.

Mr Chakraborty's reservations came at a time when event management company Red Chillies Entertainment, Police and CAB officials were discussing about an ideal spot at Eden for SRK's show.

Meanwhile, fresh controversy erupted over distribution of tickets to the state Sports department by the Red Chillies Entertainment.

A latest report said that after Mr Chakraborty's directive, the Sports department returned all tickets it got to protest the ''inadequate number of tickets given to the department.''


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Story first published: Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 12:34 [IST]
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