It wasn’t immediately clear why the concert by Gurdas Maan at the Telus Convention Centre ended so suddenly, but many patrons alleged security guards were refusing entry to those wearing the kirpan – carried by observant Sikhs.
Considering Maan’s Punjabi heritage and his wide popularity in India and abroad, some concertgoers were incredulous that security staff wouldn’t have been better educated about the kirpan’s importance to Sikhs.
Wearing the kirpan is considered a central requirement of the Sikh faith. “We respect Canadian laws,” said Amarjit Singh, who was wearing a kirpan underneath his blazer.
Singh said he couldn’t understand why kirpans were being barred from the convention centre when Sikh parliamentarians have long been allowed to wear them inside the House of Commons.
Maan, often called India’s Michael Jackson, attracted a family-heavy crowd made up parents, children and grandparents.
At about 9:30 p.m., the show was ended and police were called to help empty the concert hall. Police officers ringed the entrances to the convention centre. The crowd dispersed largely without incident, but officers were seen making arrests.
Source: Calgary Herald