Musical Concert In Srinagar Park To Counter Zubin Show

SRINAGAR: Coinciding with the show at Shalimar Garden on September 7 by Internationally acclaimed music conductor Zubin Mehta, leading civil society groups in Kashmir have decided to organize their own musical concert in a public park in Srinagar. 

They say  Mehta’s “Ehsas-e-Kashmir” is aimed at obfuscating the ground realities of Kashmir while their event titled “Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir” will project the Haqeeqat or the real picture. 

Spokesperson of the Coalition of Civil Societies, Khurram Parvez said the “Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir” event is aimed at paying tribute to Kashmiris who have sacrificed a lot during the past 23 years. “It will portray the real plight of Kashmir.”

He said India was trying to cover up its crimes by supporting Zubin Mehta’s concert which will not depict the ground reality of strife torn Kashmir. “There will be a huge gathering of International media and we will make them aware of the reality of this “beautiful prison”,” Khuram said.

Zubin’s “Ehsaas-e-Kashmir”, a 90-minute concert would be telecast live in over 50 countries with around 1,500 invitees expected to be the part of it. He is scheduled to arrive in a special plane along with his 100 member orchestra on September 5.

Mehta will conduct the concert at Mughal era Shalimar Bagh and the show is sponsored by the German embassy and state and central governments. 

Khuram said that there’s  is a people’s event and a tribute to the resilience and struggle of Jammu and Kashmir. “The event will feature music, poems, paintings, performance art, photographs and many other programs,” he elaborated. 

Noted poet and member organizing committee of “Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir”, Zareef Ahmad Zareef said if Germans are trying to heal wounds they should visit the homes of victim and families who have lost their kins in the ongoing battle.

“India is trying to represent false image of Kashmir and they think we (Kashmiris) only need music now. Zubin’s program is a well-planned conspiracy of India in which all the audience is anti-Kashmir,” Zareef said.

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