World-renowned music conductor Zubin Mehta who is set to perform in Shalimar Gardens in Srinagar on Saturday evening said prior to the concert that he hopes to spread the message of peace when he directs the Bavarian State Orchestra.
"I didn't choose Kashmir, it chose me," Mehta, 76, told reporters on Friday after receiving the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony in New Delhi. Read: Kashmir chose me, says Zubin Mehta
The J&K government on Friday night permitted a parallel concert to the Zubin Mehta musical.
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The German Missions in India on their website said, Zubin Mehta will be joined on stage by 'Soloists will be Andreas Oettl (trumpet) and Julian Rachlin (violin)'.
In the state of Jammu and Kashmir, a strike has been called by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani to protest against the music concert by the German Embassy.
There was some news of violence in the Kashmir Valley as militants attacked a CRPF camp where four people were killed. Read story
Actress Gul Panag, who is hosting the concert, tweeted,
Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah slammed separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for raising objections to Zubin Mehta’s Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ (Feel of Kashmir) concert in Srinagar. Read Story
Zubin Mehta's concert begins amind tension in Kasmir Valley.
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