The Show Must Go On
So listen to music or face it
Zubin Mehta’s upcoming concert in Kashmir has put music into big news, much to the level of noise. Over holding, or not of the event, opponents have locked horns like a soccer match where every player hits a separate football. Stakeholders have shocking stands: Someone based in New Delhi and earning from a typical Hindustani edifice opposes the concert with his “Tehreeki” outlook, which conveys nothing beyond Lukh Hunz Moji Potra Dagh Piayee endeavor, while custodians of heritage appreciate burial of Mughal fountains for concert seats. As logic seizes the right to opine, rhythmically speaking, Zubin is the second big hit after yesteryear popular Zoobie Zoobie Zoobie number from movie Dance Dance Dance, which revealed that when the diva doesn’t listen to villain Amresh Puri’s dictates, she is made to face music. Call it fate or coincidence, the Zubin Mehta controversy is somehow leaving Aam Kashmiri in similar devil and the deep sea situation: Either listen to the Music, or face It.
The western classical music conductor Zubin Mehta must have never been so much in news before in India, the country where he was born and brought up but rarely performed. The last time he performed in Bharat, Google is too reluctant to accurately reply. But typing of his name for now brings instant mention of the controversy surrounding the maestro’s September 7 show. He is all set to perform in historic Shalimar Bagh, where makeshift auditorium has been erected on Mughal era fountains and pounds, plus some latest whitewash of the 17th century colorful walls.
Had Emperor Nur-ud-din Muhammad Salim, known by his imperial name Jahangir, been alive, he too would have been a stakeholder in the controversy accusing INTACH of undue compromise. And he wouldn’t surely mind to be a signatory to the Facebook memorandum proposed by famed economist Dr Haseeb Drabu against Shalimar Bagh’s apparent vandalization.
But Mughals are history while political Moguls live to reiterate the maxim: Might is right. A vernacular proverb, however, better suits the K-situation: Jis Ki Lathi Uski Bhains. After all Kashmir has often been about Lathis, if not always firearms, which left alteast 120 dead in the street protests of 2010, and many more afterwards. Though all gory incidents were widely condemned by humans, all the times the ruling National Conference-led government survived to be stronger than before.
Survival is the soul of celebrations. And so those in power have reasons to celebrate the concert, for which Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has been personally been monitoring the Shalimar arrangements for the music lovers.
But then how many of us do genuinely understand the western classical music or love it? Ask Shahrukh Khan and he has a candid confession in his blockbuster Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayengay. Here in reference to a performing opera singer, SRK questions: Mughay Tao Yeh Be Samagh Nahi Aata K Yeh Ga Rahee Hai, Ya Ro Rahee Ha?
Similar, some of my likeminded believe in. Pained at the noise surrounding Zubin Mehta concert, a prominent orthopedician reminded me that western music has often been synonymous with status symbol irrespective of our understanding to Ricky Martin’s Hous Doos Treis. So if the upcoming musical concert elevates status symbol, why raise a hue and cry that too when the un-allegedly democratic setup, which survived multiple bloodsheds from Gool to Kashmir many times, fights for it, tooth and nail, all being clipped in Shalimar?
The prevalent dispensation is all about might, which is universally acclaimed fact as right even in Zoobie Zoobie Zoobie. A Hartal call for the day by veteran pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani seems to be more beneficial for the security arrangements than people of Kashmir whose movement is likely to be restricted on the day. On the other hand, for an all powerful Chief Minister who offers impunity to infamous Village Defense Committee(VDC)s even prior to probe into Kishtwar riots, contesting a government decision is like crying over milk which spilt even before milking of the cow.
So why raise a hue and cry over Zubin Mehta concert when leave apart the state, even the VDC is powerful enough to herd the Chinab Valley victims to serve as cheerleaders for the Shalimar Bagh show. Wisdom suggests that it’s always better to listen to any music than to face it. For those who contest the concert, better leave it to Achan stench, which is fast invading this summer Capital. Any gusty wind from the landfill site can leave the event into a nauseating aura. But then as they say: The Show Must Go On!
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 5 Sep 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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