Her­itage and a high ta­ble for Bieber

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Cana­dian pop sen­sa­tion Justin Bieber’s maiden con­cert in In­dia (in Mum­bai), as a part of his Pur­pose World Tour, is eas­ily one of the hottest (pun in­tended) events hap­pen­ing in May this year. While the con­cert takes place on May 10, sources tell us that the 23-yearold singer-song­writer will come to In­dia on May 7.

“Justin Bieber will ar­rive in Mum­bai a few days prior to his show, on a pri­vate jet af­ter his per­for­mance in Dubai (on May 6),” in­forms a source. On his ar­rival, Bieber will re­ceive a tra­di­tional In­dian wel­come. A wel­come cer­e­mony with folk dancers is also be­ing planned.

The first day of the visit will give Bieber the taste of In­dian cui­sine from 29 states. But­lers from Ra­jasthan are be­ing flown in. “Tra­di­tional gold- and sil­ver-plated thalis are be­ing cus­tomised, with Bieber and his en­tourage mem­bers’ names em­bed­ded on the plates in De­vana­gari script,” says the source.

Later, the singer plans to at­tend a black-tie box­ing night. Celebri­ties ex­pected to at­tend the event in­clude Ar­jun Ram­pal, Tiger Shroff, Malaika Arora Khan and Sunny Leone. The event’s af­ter-party will con­tinue into the wee hours of the night with DJ Aqueel and Mr. Right at the DJ con­soles.

The third day is all re­served for sight­see­ing. “The hotspots in­clude the Gate­way of In­dia, Kala Ghoda, and Mani Bha­van, show­cas­ing a mix of her­itage and his­tory,” in­forms the source. Dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a party to be hosted by the Am­ba­nis is un­der way.

Fol­low­ing the gig on May 10, Bieber will move up north. Apart from vis­it­ing New Delhi and the city mon­u­ments, he also plans to visit Jaipur. As with al­most ev­ery tourist, a trip to the Taj Ma­hal is a must for the singer. “The fifth and sixth day will en­tail a visit to New Delhi and Jaipur and a def­i­nite trip to the Taj Ma­hal,” the source tells us.

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