We had nothing to do…: Concert organisers passes buck on KK’s death
Popular singer KK passed away on Tuesday from a heart attack after he performed during an event at Kolkata’s Gurudas College. The event organisers have now shared details of the event.
A few days after the sudden demise of Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, the organisers of the event at Kolkata’s Gurudas College shared details about the singer’s last concert. The event management company, Black Eyed Events, has been under fire after KK died due to a heart attack on May 31.
The event where KK performed for the last time was organised by an event management company named Black Eyed Events on behalf of the students union of Gurudas College in Kolkata. Since the singer’s demise on May 31, a large section of society and netizens held the event management company responsible for KK’s fate. However, four days after the incident, the event organisers took to social media to share their version of the story.
“We would like to apologise to everyone for this late post on the unfortunate mishap that happened after our show with KK sir. Since then, we have been busy with the formal procedures. We would like to state aforehand that our role in the entire event was that of artist coordination. We have had a very special bond with KK sir over the years and are shocked by his sudden demise,” wrote Black Eyed Events on Facebook.
There were reports of AC not working properly, and in fact being turned off during the event. To this, the organisers said, “The ACs were running and working on its full capacity. Nazrul Mancha has a specific seating capacity of people, but few more number of people forced into the auditorium. It’s very obvious that the auditorium having AC installed for specific capacity of people cannot work properly when the crowd is exceeding the capacity. The venue was chosen by the college authorities and we had nothing to do with the choice of venue or the management of the venue infrastructure.”
Videos of overcrowding outside the auditorium surfaced after KK’s demise. Questions has been raised over the organisers of the event and over the management of the entire event. Speaking to India Today, Partha Halder, the official photographer, had stated that students union had let the gates open for everyone to walk in.
Black Eyed Events also answered the queries on whether there was any forced entry into the auditorium.
“Yes, there was forced entry into the auditorium. Starting from the outside gate to auditorium gate there were bouncers and police force along with the college students union who did their best to actively manage the crowd. But the crowd was beyond their expectations and the crowd pelted stones at the volunteers to get entry. The police tried their best to manage the crowd wisely,” wrote the organisation.
The event organisers dismissed claims that KK was forced to perform at the event.
“There was no communication from KK Sir or his band members that they wanted to stop the performance. KK sir thoroughly gave his best till the end and we, his manager, and everyone associated with this show have supported him in all ways possible in our capacity,” wrote the organisation.
In the aftermath of the incident, questions also arose on why the singer was not rushed to the hospital from Nazrul Mancha. To this, Black Eyed Events claimed that KK did not have any symptoms and performed vigorously till the very end.
“We have seen high performing artists picking up towels to wipe their faces in the past too; it does not necessarily indicate that the artist is showing symptoms of illness. After every rigorous show we see the artists fatigued and escorted out as soon as possible. The videos that are being circulated on social media that KK sir was being rushed out because of chest pain is absolutely false and are not even from the May 31 show. KK Sir went back to the hotel and has taken selfies with fans there too, before falling sick. His manager has also confirmed the same,” wrote the organisation.
Black Eyed Events stated that an unfortunate loss for all of them especially because they have been associated with KK for a good number of years. However, they also questioned if they deserve the hate campaign they have been facing on social media.
“While we are mourning the loss of a dear one, we would like to request you to understand our situation and introspect if at all we deserve the hate campaign that some people have started on social media. If you find solace in doing this, we will be happy to bear the brunt of your anger. Artist coordination was our responsibility and we have done the best possible,” the organization said.