Excited for Sunburn Festival in Pune? Here’s why you might not get to go to the event this year
Senior citizens and elected representatives from Pimpri have demanded the cancellation of the 5-day music event on the grounds that an entertainment festival should not be held at “a holy place such as Alandi or Dehu” or in the “land of great saints like Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram”.pune Updated: Oct 08, 2017 17:05 IST
Sunburn festival, a commercial electronic dance music (EDM) festival, announced its 11th edition in Pune earlier this year. The event is scheduled to take place from December 28 to 31. However, the announcement has brought-in opposition from citizens and elected representatives on the grounds that an entertainment festival should not be held at a holy place such as Alandi or Dehu.
BJP corporator Vasant Borate wrote a letter to the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority’s (PCNTDA) chief executive officer Satishkumar Khadke and demanded not to give permission for the Sunburn festival 2017.
The first 10 editions of the festival were previously held in Goa from 2007 to 2016. However, this year, Percept Limited shifted the venue to Pimpri-Chinchwad (Kesnand) (as per ticket and event websites).
BJP corporator from panel number 2-D (Bhosari) Vasant Borate said, “This Sunburn festival does nothing but misguide our young generation. It is a western attack on our culture and we will not tolerate it. Pimpri-Chinchwad is the land of great saints like Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram, so its purity should be honoured. Some senior residents from my area came to met me yesterday and gave me a detailed information about this Sunburn festival to be organised in Kesanand for four days in December and pleaded to cancel the event from our area.
“Therefore, I met the PCNTDA chief executive officer Satishkumar Khadke at his office and handed over a letter and requested him to not allow this Sunburn festival in Pimpri-Chinchwad. If Khadke will not cancel this festival, we will go to the state government and put forth our demand.”
Moshi resident Ramchandra More said, “Alandi and Dehu are holy places for us, so this western dance and music programmes should not be allowed near such holy places. We have strong beliefs on the teaching of our saints and organising such western dance music shows near these holly places is nothing but hurting our religious sentiments.”
Khadke said, “We received a letter from corporator Vasant Borate. We will discuss the matter with our senior authorities and then take a final decision on weather to give permission for the Sunburn festival.”
Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) mayor Nitin Kalje said, “No one has personally approached me seeking cancellation of the Sunburn festival. But, if people are against this festival, we will respect them and not allow the festival in Pimpri-Chinchwad area.”
When HT contacted Harindra Singh, chairman and managing director of Percept Limited, Singh said, “We haven’t finalised or announced any venue yet. As always, any Sunburn event will happen with all required permissions and will be compliant with all regulations and guidelines.”