Panaji: Sad news for music lovers as the popular electronic dance music (EDM) Sunburn festival organised by Percept Live, one of the highlights of the state's year-end tourism itinerary, will not be held this year.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that his office had rejected a file moved by the Tourism Ministry to permit the organising of the event which is held around December-end in the coastal state.
During a press conference, he told reporters, "We have not given permission to Sunburn to hold the festival this year. I have already passed the file stating this."
However it seems, there was some miscommunication regarding the status of the festival, for on the official Sunburn Twitter page, the last tweet teases the announcement of the first headliner for Sunburn Goa 2021.
The moment you all have been waiting for! We'll be announcing our first headliner for Sunburn Goa 2021 tomorrow - stay tuned!— Sunburn Festival (@SunburnFestival) November 23, 2021
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Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that he was of the opinion that the festival should be organised, but added that the Chief Minister's word on the issue was final.
"Any decision on hosting any event is taken by the CM. They (CMO) know the pandemic situation and the SOPs. The file had come to us, we had sent it to (CMO) for a decision. The final decision is taken by the CM," Ajgaonkar said, adding that Sawant may have made the call keeping the Covid situation in the state in mind.
"I felt that it should be held. I wanted it to happen. What people want should happen. The CM has taken a decision after studying the matter. I cannot take any decision, without final approval from the CM. The CM has not informed me about rejecting the file yet," Ajgaonkar said.