German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner, who is hosting the concert before a specially-invited audience of 1,500 guests, is camping to oversee the preparations for the event to be held in the famous Shalimar Garden built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir.
     
Steiner visited the venue where he was briefed about the security measures being put in place in view of threats issued by three less-known militant organizations against holding of the concert.
     
Mehta will share dias with several local musicians even as the Hurriyat's parallel concert called ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’ (Reality of Kashmir) to project the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir will be held not far away from Shalimar Garden.
     
The separatists claim that holding of Mehta's concert in a ‘conflict zone’ will change the nature of Kashmir dispute.
     
Mehta's Bavarian orchestra will conduct a composition of Abhay Rustom Sopori, a santoor player who is the son of Kashmiri music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori, before the Indian-origin conductor gets on with his orchestra.  Sopori's composition would have the theme ‘Tribute to Kashmir’.
     
Steiner was shown around the venue and briefed about the access control and other measures. He also inspected the podium where Mehta and his 100-strong Orchestra will perform.

(Agencies)

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