A classical western music concert at the Muhgal Shalimar Bagh in the heart of Srinagar might seem an unconventional venue.The concert however was actually a cultural tribute to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The concert began with a fusion Haft-e Rang composed by the young generation santoor maestro Abhay Sopori. The audience could be seen mesmerised by the combination of Kashmiri Sarang, Matka, Rabaab with the cellos, violins, Clarinets and horns from the Munich Orchestra.
Bavarian State Orchestra played its full cast of works of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Joseph Haydn and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Zubin Mehta performs during his concert 'Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ (Feel of Kashmir) at Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar on Saturday. Waseem Andrabi/HT
After the Sufi-folk Kashmiri ensemble the concert opened with a Leonore Overtune No 3 from Fidelio (1803-1805), the lone opera composed by Beethoven. A romantic and mystical composition is a musical homage to and a request for freedom and justice.
Haydn's Trumpet played solo by Andreas Ottl and accompanied by the member of orchestra was the second number presented by the Indian born Music conductor. Written in 1796 it is considered to be the composers most popular instrumental concerto--in which a solo instrument is accompanied by the orchestra.
Tchaikovsy's violnin concerto followed. The only violin concerto composed by him. Soloist Julian Rachlin was accompanied by the orchestra. The symphony had tuneful, open-hearted melodies`, impressive harmonies and colourful orchestration.
The Kashmir concert concluded with Ludwig van beethoven's symphony No 5 in C minor, which is considered to be one of the most popular compositions in Western classical music. The First draft of the composition dates back to 1803.
Stating that the concert should end with a fusion again, Mehta invited the Soz o Saaz troupe for another fusion.