Pune: The last day of Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav 2017 saw a slight chaos outside the festival venue as tickets for the final day were sold out in the morning itself. The chaos was however short-lived and many who did not get tickets stood outside the venue to listen to the music.
While unavailability of tickets was an issue right from day 1 of the festival, the final day saw a rush like no other. The beginning of the day was met with huge crowds at the gates, some trying to buy tickets and others showing their tickets to the security guards in a hurry, but the chaos was cleared successfully.
People were then spotted standing outside the venue in a long queue that stretched up to the main road.
"The tickets were over by the time we reached here, so we are just standing out here and trying to listen to the concert as much as possible," a music lover standing outside the venue said.
Not just the organisers, but even artistes were stunned to see the overwhelming audience greeting their performances with great enthusiasm. Indian classical vocalist Mahesh Kale was seen capturing the huge gathering on his phone after his performance.
Speaking about the issue, the organisers said, "As the last day of the festival was on Sunday, there were huge crowds trying to get in the venue in the morning. However, Sawai has always had a self-disciplined audience, and we hardly had any issue managing the crowd. The people were polite, and after the tickets were over we could see many standing outside in order to listen to the concert. However, there wasn't any further chaos."