A blog about songwriting and about the songwriter Luigi Cappel

At first when I read this on Muziboo, a site I have just been invited to join and posted a couple of songs on, I thought this was just some situation that was being exaggerated, I mean how can such a large city ban live music.

When I think of India, I think of Sitar and Tabla, religious music and those awesome rythms ad I can’t think of anything better than going out to a Bangalore Bar and listening toa live band. But no, it’s for real as I read in The Times of India.

Live bands and even karaoke have been banned by the police. It seems that music leads to drinking and drinking leads to crime. The entertainment and hospitality industry are suffering big time, but as a songwriter and performer, my heart goes out to the performers who’s livelihood is at stake and the people who enjoy music to relax and unwind, to be happy and share good times with their friends and family.

Shame on you, Bangalore Police. This is patently wrong and ther world is watching you. I suppose you would be happiest if you put the whole city under house arrest. Sure there will be people at dance parties who get over enthusiastic and there may even be the odd fight, but for the most part, people who are enjoying music are doing just that, being happy. Give them a break. if you have to make them employ extra security at places where there is risk, but you can’t stop the music!

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Comments on: "Live music banned in Bangalore" (3)

  1. Hi there…

    You may wish to read my post on this for a balanced perspective

    http://www.enidhi.net/2008/08/bangalore-bans-live-music-performance.html

  2. Shrinidhi, I read your blog with interest and I note that through your reasoning, you do not actually come to a full conclusion. I believe that music is not only a human right of self expression, whether as a performer or as audience.

    If there are issues of violence, then deal with the offenders, not with those who are enjoying a form of entertainment and togetherness that goes back through the millenia.

    I don’t know what the problem is with the police, maybe there are not enough of them, then employ more.

    A few years ago I was in Fremont, Chicago, on a Friday night enjoying some of the blues clubs. The street which has several night clubs and bars and because of crime levels, they closed the street off at both ends and there were several policemen in uniform displaying large guns, as well as a number of undercover police.

    There were no signs of violence and even in many cases being one of the few white people in some of the bars, I felt totally safe and had a wonderful time.

    This situation is wrong and reflects poorly on the law keepers. India of all countries should understand that freedom of expression is a critical right for all human beings. Listening to and enjoying music is one of those rights. Furthermore, suggesting that music be deferred to public halls and perhaps places of worship is at best misguided as people like to drink and enjoy entertainment they have done for thousands of years. We look to India for enlightenment, not prohibition of experssion.

  3. So.. is it still same, or they started allowing music now?

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