The traps and lures of Kolkata’s dance bars

The traps and lures of Kolkata’s dance bars

In March and April 2015, police raided Kolkata dance bars along VIP Road, the man’s nightlife venue called Jagjit Singh. On 12 April, Singh and about 60 men stormed the local police station. He was accused of assaulting Sukomal Das, the inspector in charge of the station. During his career, Singh has been charged with attempted murder, causing serious damage with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.
It has remained intact. The Center Group of Companies, the Short Cut Company Singh says to plausibly operate the largest chain of restaurants and bars in West Bengal. Their website is 20 establishments among hotels, food courts and bars. However, police told Singh only have 50 bars available. A source told Singh that he directly or indirectly controls 60% of dance bars in Baguiati, a developing area near Kolkata with four to six dozen of them. Singh The company takes its name from its first business, downtown hotel, some of which were the original dance bar in Calcutta.
The appointment surprised many Kolkatans. The wealthy Bengalis in the city tend not to know that in Kolkata has dance bars, assuming the somber tales of infamous bars of Bombay dance are strange elements sections north and west Crasser. Even local experts in sex work say that dance bars are rare or new. In fact, Calcutta became a regional dance bars capital in the last decade. It is hard to imagine that there are more dance bars in any other city in India.
Until recently, this combination of invisibility and influence is also characterized by Jagjit Singh. Although little known, its power extended beyond the world of nightlife. Sulil Mukhopadhyay, chief financial officer of the city, said the company hoped to enter other industries, such as “bottling foreign liquors” and “achieve the five-star hotel.” Singh’s son, Gursimran, has often hosted popular indie music concerts among the wealthy young people of Calcutta. The concerts will perhaps have not been as profitable as the rest of the Singh family’s activity, but events have had another reason. “I wanted to create a different image of myself,” said a well-informed source on the local music scene.
The social success of the Singh family followed the success of their business. Honey Singh played the wedding of another son of Jagjit, Keerat. Players Diljit Dosanjh and Koel Mallick also attended. Jagjit is represented on Facebook beer at the Bar Gursimran Restaurant smiling with Stephane Amalir, the eminent director of the French Alliance of Bengal and the Amalir woman, Laura. However, I could not find anyone in Kolkata willing to discuss the Singh family in detail. The world of dance bars is dangerous enough to say that most people who had spoken asked for anonymity for fear of their safety.

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