Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sarod broken during flight from Kolkata, Aaman Ali Bangash sees mischief

Kolkata: Sarod player Amaan Ali Bangash has alleged that someone at Kolkata airport deliberately broke his sarod on Saturday morning. The musician was travelling to Delhi on Jet Airways flight 9W 964 after a concert in the city on Friday.
Bangash noticed the damage to the instrument on reaching home in Delhi. According to him, the nature of damage pointed to a “deliberate” act and not an accident. Coming in the middle of the peak music season, he hinted at sabotage and blamed the airline’s lax security for the loss.

“The nature of damage points to a deliberate act. When the sarod breaks on impact, the pecks and the skin also get damaged. Someone has done this very viciously. I had a show last night in Kolkata. I’m all the more upset because I have a concert in Bangalore tomorrow,” he told TOI, expressing hurt, fury and frustration.

When TOI contacted Jet Airways, an official said the airline couldn’t comment on the matter as it has not received any such information from the guest. “The airline however, is concerned to note the reported development and shall have it reviewed,” the spokesperson said.
According to Aaman Ali Banghash, who flies business class with Jet Airways and is a platinum card holder, he had given the sarod for ‘special handling’ while checking in at Kolkata airport on Saturday morning.
30/12/18 Priyanka Dasgupta/Times of India

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