Tickets for his Saturday-night concert were nearly sold out, but 24 hours before the show, singer Kailash Kher’s performance in the capital was cancelled. While Kher blames the last minute chaos around his pending dues, the organisers are taking the singer to court on grounds of harassment.
Kher explains that the organisers of the concert, a charity show for the Guru Nanak Garib Niwaj Education Society, failed to pay him his due fee — Rs 6.5 lakh. “They were to pay me 50 per cent of the total Rs 12.5 lakh before the show, but even a day before the show, they hadn’t paid me. I learnt that they had been selling tickets in my name. They waited till the last minute to cancel the show,” says Kher.
However, Sneha Singh, the director of the event management Crafters Events, that was handling the show, says that matters fell apart when they were threatened by Kher’s management team.
“We paid Kher 25 per cent, as agreed. But his manager, Pakul Chaturvedi, threatened to stop the show if we didn’t pay them more,” she says, adding, “They did not get back to me till the last minute, so we sold tickets. Now, we are filing a case against them.”
“Our tickets were sold out,” says N Lad of BookMyShow, adding that they would now have to refund the tickets, which were worth Rs 3,500, Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,000.
“Such horrible mismanagement drives artistes away from Delhi. The show was on till 5pm on Friday and at 6.30 pm, they said it was cancelled. What about our money?” rues Ira Singh, who planned to attend the concert.