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Arrey, if Sting goes to Darjeeling, we will go and watch him there!" said Pratik Deo, a travel writer from Mumbai. He was part of four friends from the city in Bangalore to watch Sting.

"Dada, Kolkata thheke, [from Kolkata, brother]," said Rahul, pointing at Sucharita, a psychology student from Gokhale Memorial College, Kolkata.

Chiyo Inohara could not string a sentence in English. The Sting fan was in Bangalore in a perfectly draped Kanjeevaram sari, with a gang of ten who took the Shatabdi Express from Mysore. They were part of a yoga camp there.

Sam Inohara, a Japanese lawyer among the Mysore ten, said he was there because it was a rock concert, and not so much because of Sting. He got into yoga because "I hated stretching. I needed to enjoy stretching."

"Bangalore is central for South India," said city man Suroop Gopalakrishnan, a Reliance executive in his 40s, who is "more of a Police fan." He adds, "People from Cochin, Goa, Madras and other places can come to Bangalore and enjoy live music."

"Bangalore is a truly international city," said Geoffrey G Thomas, head of content of Radio Indigo, who was there with his wife and son Aaron. "Delhi is bhangra, Mumbai is Indipop, Bangalore is rock. There are dedicated armies of rock fans in the South."

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