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Diljit Dosanjh’s UK gigs could have ended with a ‘tune-up’

Last update: September 01, 2022, 09:30 IST

Diljit Dosanjh did a series of concerts in Britain. File Photo/Twitter

In addition, Indian students and tourists are landing in large numbers in Britain

Sound and Fury: That Diljit Dosanjh has staged a string of gigs across the UK and some of them have attracted reasonable attendance is undoubtedly a grassroots triumph. From an embarrassing base that is. That such deafening inanity can produce any kind of stardom is one of the mysteries of pop culture.

But pop culture can produce its own excellence. Dosanjh was at his wit’s end. There may still be room for Bhangra music like this at a weekend club or a drunken night out. But sitting for hours listening to this after waiting a few hours for it to start opens up credible claims for a refund based on bad taste. To be fair, these could be turned down for reasons of lack of objective testing and because it was a sign of bad taste initially to buy a ticket for such.

What this says about Dosanjh’s Twitter spat with his actress friend is unclear. What is certain is that it was never a spat between two artists, only between two snoopers pretending to be artists because fortunately there are enough people for both of them who do not don’t know about it.

A new chapter: India’s love affair with Britain is back. And how. New figures show nearly 118,000 Indian students received UK student visas for the year ending June 2022, according to the British High Commission in Delhi. This represents an increase of 89% over the previous year. India, we are told, has now overtaken China as the largest nationality to receive UK sponsored study visas.

Britain also continues to attract more and more Indian tourists. Indians accounted for 28% of visitor visas granted, the most of any nationality, and totaling over a quarter of a million. That was a 630% increase on the previous Covid-hit year. The British look continues.

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