Oscar-winning musician, AR Rahman will be performing at the Red Panda Winter Festival for the first time in Sikkim on the 17th of November. The Sikkim tourism department is also trying to give an international feel to this year’s fest with participation from Britain, Australia, America, Nepal and Bhutan.
Rahman, who is also the brand ambassador of Sikkim concert, is likely to treat his audience at the Paljor Stadium in Gangtok. Ugen Gyatso Bhutia, the Sikkim tourism minister mentioned that they are expecting about 70,000 people to come for the concert.
He added that the music maestro will be raising money for the show on his own and that the Sikkim tourism will have to bear only 10 to 15 per cent of the cost of hosting the show. Bhutia informed that the dates of the festival were yet to be confirmed.
‘This time the festival will be a little different. We are trying to lend an international flavour to the festival. The British Council will be taking part. There could also be participation from Australia, America, Nepal and Bhutan. However, the major focus will remain on local events,’ he said