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There's no religion but sex and music, chanted the Englishman in love with India, dressed in a black suit and white pin-striped shirt. Seconds earlier, he had walked on to the dark stage, silhouetted, to a roar from the 15,000 strong Bangalore crowd that had waited long enough.

"I know Sting," said five-year-old Yasmin, perched atop her father's shoulders. "I sat on his wife's lap." She had met the Englishman in Malibu.

Yasmin's father David, a singer, and mother Vinita drove from Chennai to Bangalore to watch Sting live. "We are big Sting fans." It took them "forever, because we took the wrong route."

There were many like David and Vinita.

"I have been a Sting fan from his early Police days," said Loy Mendonsa of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the trio who composed the score for films like Dil Chahta Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho and Lakshya. In Bangalore for the Sting concert, he was due in Chennai the next day to record the string section for the soundtrack of Yash Raj Films' Bunti Aur Babli. "Jason Rebello is one of my favourite keyboard players."

Daniels, a father-daughter duo, were at the venue early to catch up on their favourite star. "Sting is across the generations," said 60-plus Daniel senior, who loves Dream of the blue turtles and whose favourite song is, "What is that? Moon over the?"

"Bourbon Street," completed his daughter.

"I started listening to Sting when I was 12; my dad started when he was 56. Now he listens to what I listen to," said 26-year-old Daniel junior.

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Text: Sumit Bhattacharya in Bangalore
Photographs: Getty Images
Design: Uday Kuckian

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