I saw and heard Zubin Mehta’s concert on the banks of
in You Tube. Dal Lake
I am not going into the controversies surrounding this concert. I am not qualified to review this maestro. The following are my observations only.
The whole concert was mesmerizing. Flawless. (This is not a review. Just an observation.) I heard it was broadcast "live" in India. This is for those who did not watch. Please watch the whole concert. If you don’t have time to watch the whole concert, at least watch his Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (starts at 1:05:54).
3 people spoke. German Ambassador Michael Steiner, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. and Zubin Mehta. All 3 carefully avoided saying the word “India”.
Zubin Mehta has been living in foreign countries for the past 50 years. He still does not have the fake American accent. I was impressed. Have seen lot of FOBs (Fresh Off the Boat) use fake “AAZH” to pronounce “R”.
The audience looked like a VIP crowd and no ordinary folks.
German Ambassador’s wife was the only one enjoying the concert.
Everybody else was bored. Yawning. Talking to each other. Looked like they cannot wait to get out of that place. At the end of each performance, most of them were not even clapping their hands.
One lady was even sound asleep.