Looking for to allay fears that his much-awaited live performance in Kashmir would possibly spark separatist violence, western music conductor Zubin Mehta on Friday recalled that “not a single shot was fired” throughout his two-hour-long efficiency in Sarajevo in the course of the Bosnian battle.
Emphasising the ability of music, he stated: “There was not a single shot fired, that was negotiated by the others, nonetheless troopers on either side who heard it, felt inside peace. We mustn’t ever underestimate the ability of inside peace that music brings.”
“We want all of your blessings for enjoying in Kashmir, we shall be enjoying from our coronary heart,” Zubin Mehta stated, talking at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the place he was introduced the Tagore Award for Cultural Concord, 2013, by President Pranab Mukherjee.
His ‘Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ live performance is to be held on Saturday.
Mehta lamented that Gandhiji was by no means awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. “The 12 months of his assassination in 1948, no peace prize was given. I want they might nonetheless contemplate giving it to him; who deserves it greater than our Mahatmaji?”
On Rabindranath Tagore, Zubin Mehta spoke of literati in Tel Aviv extolling Gurudev’s affect on South American writers and poets. “His aura has all the time been with us. Indians are happy with his legacy.”
Earlier, accepting the award from the President, Zubin Mehta stated although he had been away from India for 60 years, he had not given up his thought of nationalism or desi khana (Indian meals) that went with him all over the place.
“I settle for this award in utter humility; ultimately I’m only a easy musician…,” he stated in his acceptance speech. The prize carries a quotation, a plaque and a handbag of Rs. 1 crore.
Message of optimism
Mr. Mukherjee stated: “In felicitating Zubin Mehta with the Tagore Award, we aren’t solely honouring a distinguished son of India, however we’re recognising his untiring efforts, over the many years, to transform music into an instrument of peace and concord. He has made it his mission to convey hope and purpose wherever there’s battle and discord. To audiences internationally, Zubin Mehta has introduced a message of optimism and conviction in regards to the shared future of humankind. His identify is synonymous with amity and religion.”