Merrieweather postpavilion, a popular tourist attraction on the outskirts of Mumbai, will close after floodwaters forced the closure of its main entrance.
The Indian tourist destination, located on the banks of the Meghnad-Brahmaputra river, had to be closed for about four days because of heavy rain that swept through the area.
The gates will be locked, but visitors will be able to enter the pavilion via the pavilions entrance, where a metal detector will be set up.
A temporary pavilion at the other side of the river will remain open, but it will not be used as a venue for concerts or other events.
“The gate and entrance of the paviltions will remain closed for the time being due to floodwaters that swept in yesterday.
The pavilion will remain in place until further notice,” said Arvind, general manager of the Merriefields Postpavilions.
“This is a temporary closure of the gates, as it is very dangerous,” he added.
“We are looking at all the options to fix the gate so that it does not become a danger.
The gate will be sealed on Wednesday, so that no visitors will have to leave the park.”
The park was set up in 1883 to accommodate Indian immigrants, including artists, musicians, entertainers and other performers.
It was a focal point for the city’s artistic scene, which became a hub for international and domestic artists.
The park’s history dates back to the British Raj and its creation as the British Mandir in 1881.
It served as a residence for many artists, including Sir George Eliot, Edward Gorey, Ethel Waters and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The British Mandarins colonial regime banned the Indian music, theatre, dance, theatre and theatre-like activities and prohibited the sale of artsworks to non-Muslims.
The government closed the park in 1926, but Indian music flourished and artists and other visitors continued to visit the pavils.
“Many artists and musicians from the world over came here to perform, and many of them have been coming to Merriemores pavilIONS,” said Nanda Srivastava, a journalist and former chairperson of the India Music Foundation, who is based in the US.
“People like Ethel and Samuel Taylor were very happy with it.
We are hoping to revive the music in India with the new festival,” he said.
“India has always been a place where music can thrive, and the Indian Mandarains government has tried to maintain its cultural links with the world.
This is a great opportunity for the Indian people to experience it again,” Srivasaid.
The festival was originally scheduled to start on November 1, but was postponed in December due to the weather.
The event was supposed to take place in the summer, but the venue had to shut down because of the flooding, which resulted in the cancellation of the festival.
“I was not sure if we would be able as an organisation to stay in the festival,” said Srivs.
“But I think it’s important to take the chance to show our love for the country.
We have no other option.”
The organisers of the event, India Music, has appealed to the government to extend the festival for another two days, to take into account the heavy rain.
“Our team will be working with the city administration and other stakeholders to ensure that we have a safe and enjoyable event for our guests, and we are happy to continue to hold the festival in the coming days,” the festival’s organisers said in a statement.
The post-partum period brings with it the need for physical, emotional and financial support, and as the weather is not expected to improve in the next few days, the festival is likely to be forced to stop at the end of the month.
The organisers said that if the festival was to continue, it would take at least six months to prepare for the second year.