Show goes on despite kirpan controversy - Metro US

Show goes on despite kirpan controversy

The show went on after all.

One night after a concert by Punjabi singing sensation Gurdas Maan was called off at the Telus Convention Centre, promoter Nirmal Dhaliwal scrambled to organize a make-up performance at Prairie Winds Park in northeast Calgary yesterday afternoon.

“I have done whatever I could do possibly in my limits to put together something like this,” Dhaliwal said shortly before Maan took to the stage in front of thousands of appreciative fans.

Sunday night’s show was called off because security guards refused entry to concert goers who were wearing kirpans, which are considered a ceremonial dagger.

“They were not allowing people even after I have given my assurance that I will be responsible if something goes wrong,” Dhaliwal said.

Friends Gurmukh Singh and Raj Cheema were disappointed Sunday’s concert was cancelled and that yesterday’s concert — originally reported to start at 3 p.m. — didn’t get fully underway until around 4:30 p.m.

“We just came to see what was going to happen, but we’re not happy at all,” said Singh, who was allowed entry to the Sunday show even though he was wearing his kirpan.

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