Monday, May 23, 2022
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Bombay Sonata

The maestro waves his wand. His trust will promote western classical music in India.

Bombay Sonata
Bombay Sonata Apoorva Guptay

"So Mr Zubin Mehta, can you please tell me, do you belong everywhere or do you belong nowhere?"

I'm sitting with the maestro in the gleaming lobby of the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, home for a week to the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the greatest in the world, with which Mehta has shared a long and special relationship. A few kilometres away, at Cuffe Parade, is his childhood home, where as a five-year-old boy he used to conduct imaginary orchestras, standing on an old vegetable crate.

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