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After the recent raid at Maya Lounge,there is a lull in Pune’s night life

Written by Anjali Jhangiani | Published: September 14, 2012 3:08:23 am

After the recent raid at Maya Lounge,there is a lull in Pune’s night life

The Pune party scene has never been this dull in the past. Post the infamous raid at a party at Maya Lounge due to issues around expiry of food license and playing loudspeakers after the permitted time earlier this month,partygoers were disappointed with various event cancellations last week. Some of the events which were expected to draw a huge crowd but were called off at the last minute include the Lucky Ali concert at Hard Rock Cafe,an album launch of Delhi-based B.L.O.T at High Spirits,the anniversary bash of Destiny of Sounds and the performance of the San Francisco band House of Floyd. The lull in the city’s night-life continues through this week too,as city clubs and lounges are playing safe and are not organising any ‘big’ party or a gig. Most of them are making do with performances by local bands.

This reaction hardly comes as a surprise considering that this is not the first time a party has been raided. In 2007,a rave party was raided at a farmhouse located in the village Donje (159 kms from Pune) in which a number of partygoers from the city were detained. Very recently,on September 7,the entertainment branch squad of the district collectorate raided Hotel ‘O’,Koregaon Park for running a party without a no-objection certificate (NOC). Even at the Maya Lounge party raid,over 300 people were detained and were made to go through medical tests for suspected narcotics and alcohol.

Inconvenience to patrons is something that the bar and lounge owners want to avoid at the moment,says Vinay Pawar,owner,Destiny of Sounds,an event management company. He says,“Only five star hotels might have some events but even they are playing it safe. Everyone wants to avoid unnecessary trouble and not cause any hassle to their loyal customers. It is a sad time for the city’s night life which has suffered a real blow after the Maya incident.” Pawar’s firm,Destiny of Sounds,regularly organises events at One Lounge,Koregaon Park. At the popular bar and eatery,Swig,‘The Guitar Collective’ has been postponed indefinitely. Planned to be a performance featuring an amalgamation of different styles of music with the use of different stringed percussions,it has been called off till the night-life in the city returns to normal. For this weekend,Swig will go ahead with normal music playing till the permitted hours.

Hard Rock Cafe,Koregaon Park,have cancelled all ‘big’ events that includes performances by national and international artists. Instead,this Thursday,HRC is having Swastika,a Pune-based alternative rock band performing a tribute concert to Pearl Jam. After the intimation from the police prohibiting any live events in the premises,the cafe has not been given any further information as to when they can resume their usual line-up of big-time concerts and events.

All the ‘Live’ events at One Lounge,Koregaon Park have also been put on hold for time being. The lounge plans to have its in-house DJ playing,strictly sticking to the time specified as per the rules.

Khodu Irani,owner of High Spirits,Koregaon Park said that though the club had consciously toned down the events, now they are taking sincere efforts to get back on track and cater to their music-loving patrons.

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