AR Rahman and big-ticket events finally come to Delhi as governmentcuts red tape, rolls out red carpet

We told you that Delhi might finally be shedding its notoriety as the worst event venue in NCR, with the government implementing the single-window clearance system.

Zubin Mehta's concert in Delhi recently was the first to be held under this system, and now, NH7 Weekender will be held here, while Sunburn may be next.

Bollywood and music fans aren't always thrilled at announcements by ministers, but Delhi's tourism minister Kapil Mishra gave them much to cheer about when he announced that AR Rahman would be coming to Delhi to perform at the NH7 Weekender music festival (which has so far been held in Greater Noida). We'd told you recently that the Delhi government has finally implemented the single-window clearance system for events, a first in India, with the hope that this would end Delhi's reputation as the city where no major event could be held because of bureaucratic hassles. Mishra also went a step ahead and said that the event would be the first where the Delhi government would partner with EEMA (Event and Entertainment Management Association), and will be involved in the joint marketing of the music festival.

"We have streamlined the process of holding events in Delhi," said Mishra. "We are creating an atmosphere of holding big events in Delhi, which wasn't possible earlier. Pehle Gurgaon, Noida ya kisi aur jagah hote thay event. Now we have decided to host big events here in Delhi in partnership with the private industry. It will be after many years that AR Rahman will be performing here." This will be the second major event to be held here after Zubin Mehta's recent concert in Delhi.

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