One of the biggest rock bands in the world is preparing to play its first concert in India.
By Habib Beary
BBC correspondent in Bangalore
The Rolling Stones begin their tour of India in the southern city of Bangalore on Friday.
Mick Jagger says he is keen to bring his music to India
Band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will stage a two hour concert from a specially built stage in the backdrop of Bangalore Palace.
Fans are expected to arrive from across south Asia and as far away as Japan.
Bangalore Palace is modelled on the lines of Windsor Castle in England and has space to allow the construction of a 7,500 square feet (697 square metres) stage to be built.
"We are happy to be here in India, though some would say we are 39 years late," said tour director Michael Cohl.
Venkat Vardhan of Bangalore-based DNA Networks, the event managers of the show, says devoted fans have come from different parts of the country and abroad.
Devotees of the Rolling Stones are expected to arrive from as far away as Japan and Sri Lanka.
"Everybody is excited to see the group play for the first time in India," said Mr Vardhan.
They should come with a warning label, like for cigarettes
Friend of Mick Jagger
Bangalore is a highly technologically advanced city and has a reputation as the IT hub of India.
In the past, DNA Networks has brought a number of internationally renowned bands and solo acts to Bangalore, such as Deep Purple, Brian Adams, the Scorpions and Elton John.
"It is certainly a happening city," said Prasad Bidappa, a fashion guru who is associated with the entertainment industry.
Meanwhile, the Rolling Stones label is also being used to attract Indian investment to Britain.
Britain's national inward investment agency, Invest UK, will entertain representatives from business and industry in specially erected lounges at the venue.
Invest UK is an event partner for the concert tour of India.
Organisers say the magic of the Rolling Stones is all embracing.
"You will find both young and old rocking tomorrow," said one die-hard rock fan outside the Leela Palace Hotel, where the band is staying.
Two floors of the luxury hotel have been taken up by the 140-member troupe.
The Rolling Stones have played many international venues
"There's a danger about these boys. They should come with a warning label like for cigarettes. They are addictive and get better every day," adds former Indian test cricketer Dilip Doshi, a personal friend of Mick Jagger.
Mr Doshi said: "This has been my dream - to bring them to India."
Mick Jagger is getting into the spirit of the event and spoke in accented Hindi at the pre-concert briefing.
"We are bringing our music for the first time to India. We are very happy about it," he said.
The ace guitarist Keith Richards added that he felt at home in India and that it was his kind of country.
Organisers say arrangements are in place to entertain the audience with two plane loads of high-tech equipment.
For the first time, Indians will witness digital plasma screens that display a variety of video outputs including special effects.
Police have strengthened security at the venue.
The band also plan to play in Bombay but their Hong Kong and China concerts were cancelled because of the deadly Sars virus.
Band members have also sent out a strong signal that will be popular with the anti-war campaigners
"Make Love, Not War," is their message.