Touts are ready to cash in on the music season. Many fly-by-night sabhas, which crop up during the music season manage to book famous artistes and organise concerts in small halls. And touts, including sabha officials, sell tickets at twice the original price.

This has been the case even during the last season. In December 2009, NN Parasram and his wife, who had come down from Coimbatore, were offered a Rs 250 ticket for Rs 500 at a sabha on GN Chetty Road for vocalist Yesudoss' performance.

"The sabha was crowded and many people were waiting in the queue. We were approached by a person who offered us two tickets at Rs 500 each. We refused to take it but he managed to sell it to someone else," says Parasram.

Sruthi, a young college student from Raja Annamalaipuram, wanted to attend an Aruna Sairam concert at Kamarajar Arangam in Teynampet. But, at the counter, the official gave her a phone number instead. "I was asked to contact the person for the ticket and asked to pay Rs 250 for a Rs 100 ticket. I refused to take the number and left without attending the concert," she says.