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Zubin Mehta

The renowned conductor, who was in Mumbai last week for a concert, on his love for music, the audience and his grand-daughter

Zubin Mehta
Zubin Mehta
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Your relationship to the audience is essentially via your back. Isn't that ironical?
My communication is to the orchestra first. They communicate the music to the audience.

But audiences want to see you.
Some halls are built such that the audience sits around the orchestra. That makes me uncomfortable because I'm busy working and they're peering at me.

Is there any parallel to explain the special relationship between a conductor and the orchestra?
It's a completely unique relationship. A conductor is in constant interaction with his musicians.

If you play a piece many times over, does it ever become a practised effort?
No, never. That's why it is so unique.

Does it ever become monotonous?
It never is because you are creating your music anew each time.

How is that possible?
It's the love that does it. There is this feel for the music that disallows it to become an effort.

It is then the labour of love, always.
Of course it is. You feel it because you love it.

Did you ever play any instrument?
Yes the violin and the piano when I was a kid.

Did you ever give yourself a career option?
I was a medical student when I left India.

Do your children play any music?
My son plays and my 13-year-old granddaughter has just started to play the Clarinet

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