Fire breaks out at venue before Anoushka Shankar concert

MUMBAI: Anoushka Shankar, who is currently performing on the seven city tour with her father Pandit Ravi Shankar, was recently left shocked when a fire broke out at the place where they were supposed to perform.

Says Anoushka, "We were to play a large show at UC Davis (University of California in Davis) for 2,000 people. It was meant to start at 8 p.m. But five minutes prior to the show, an electrical fire broke out. All of us evacuated from backstage and the entire audience was evacuated too. Six fire engines were called to take charge of the situation. We were all wondering whether the concert will happen at all. By 8:40 they said it had been taken care of and the venue started filling people back inside, and we started the concert by 9:15 and continued on as usual! Thank God there was no damage done and everything went off smoothly."

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