Saturday, February 15, 2020

Anoushka Shankar slams airport for damaging equipment

Sitar exponent Anoushka Shankar on Friday became the latest victim of the insensitivity of the Indian aviation industry towards musicians, their musical instruments and their equipment.
Shankar performed at the Sri Shanmukhananda Hall on Thursday night as part of her India tour to promote her latest album, Love Letters. On Friday, at 4.15 pm, she tweeted angrily, “Security at Mumbai airport has
gone through my sound man’s luggage, removed cables!!! Left our in-ear monitors unpacked, so they are smashed! Delhi show is gonna be fun tonight.” Her second show was scheduled at the Siri Fort Auditorium at 8
pm on Friday.
Shankar’s India manager Anujita Jain told Mirror from Delhi, “During transit from Mumbai to Delhi, the pelican case was opened without knowledge of the passenger. Two inear monitors were broken, which are important
for our performance today.” The in-ear monitors are speakers positioned on stage so as to enable the musician to hear the music during the live performance.
Though Shankar blamed the Mumbai airport security, the airport officials said such equipment is strictly allowed in check-in baggage and airport security, which is handled by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF),
has no role to play. CISF officials were not aware of the incident. Shankar or her manager did not name the airline on which they travelled.
15/02/20 Satish Nandgaonkar/Mumbai Mirror
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