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(Photo: Varinder Chawla) Related UN must back Syria action after verifying facts on chemical gas attack, says PM Gul Panag is set to host renowned music conductor Zubin Mehta’s concert in Kashmir and the actress says she is glad to have got the opportunity to be part of such a historic event. Tomorrow’s concert is being organised by the German Embassy in collaboration with the Centre and the state government. 77-year-old Mehta, an Indian-origin maestro in western classical music, will conduct Munich’s Bavarian State Orchestra before guests, including ministers and diplomats at Shalimar Bagh. “I am looking forward to hosting this concert. I was personally asked by the German ambassador to be part of the event and I readily agreed and why not. It is the perfect setting- music maestro Zubin Mehta’s concert at Shalimar Bagh in Kashmir. I would not miss this for anything,” Gul told PTI. The concert will be held amid heavy security arrangements as several civil society groups are opposing it. The 34-year-old former Miss India, however, feels such a musical event should not be opposed and rather encouraged. “Music is the only medium that can break barriers. It can go beyond all disputes, political tensions. And also, I feel it is important to have such an event there as it will bring back the focus to Kashmiri music scene which seems to have gone into oblivion,” Gul said.
Police say new South Walpole concert traffic scheme went as planned
Security checkpoints have been set up at the Boulevard Road and the Foreshore Road, which leads to the venue of the concert. Vehicles are being checked and occupants frisked as a part of the security drill, which is likely to get more stringent. The concert would be telecast live in 104 countries; never before has any cultural or sports event in Kashmir has attracted so much attention. Corporate honchos, ambassadors of European countries in India, film stars, bureaucrats and police and military officers are included in the list of invitees – 1,500 people, 700 of them from outside Jammu and Kashmir. Private houses behind the Shalimar Garden were included in the elaborate security drill connected with the concert and commandos would be stationed in them to secure the venue, a security officer here said. Scores of CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the concert venue.The road from Srinagar International Airport, where Zubin Mehta and invitees from outside the state started arriving on Thursday to Shalimar Garden on the banks of the Dal Lake would remain out of bounds for all private and public transport from Friday till the concert ends on Saturday evening. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who visited the Shalimar Garden two days back to check the arrangements, said that the concert would not change the reality of Kashmir and those opposing it were trying to derive political mileage out of a cultural event. Separatist leaders have called the concert an exercise by India to give international legitimacy to its rule in Kashmir. Some lesser known guerrilla groups like the Al-Nasreen, the Farzandan-e-Milat and the Shuda Brigade have threatened to target foreigners in Kashmir if the concert goes ahead. A few civil society members have announced a parallel ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’ (The truth about Kashmir) concert in Srinagar at noon on Saturday called to protest against Zubin Mehta’s event being named ‘Ehsas-e-Kashmir’ (The feel of Kashmir). German Ambassador Michael Steiner has said he would attend the parallel concert if invited. After his statement, the organizers of the parallel event said that they had sent invitations to the ambassadors of all European countries, including Germany, to attend the concert, which would showcase music, songs and a photo exhibition on the pain and sufferings of the people. The authorities in Srinagar said that all necessary steps would be taken to maintain law and order on Saturday.
Twilight concert plays out with the energetic MGMT
The entire performance became more epic with the trippy colorful videos consistently playing in the background accompanying each song. It added a pinch of fantasy to their performance. This collaboration of music plus video completely mind mended my sensory and I must say, it was awesome. I was watching the video screen during one of the more subtle songs and seriously saw myself running through space like a boss, on a sparkling track with Cheetos flying around me. I had to look around to break the trance, but deep down inside I didnt want to. MGMTs more popular songs Time to Pretend, Electric Feel and Kids really hyped the crowd. I felt like I hibernated most of my energy throughout the night for these songs so that when the time comes, my dancing and everyone around must surpass the shimming. And oh did we surpass. During Time to Pretend and Electric Feel everyone grooved out and bounced to the music, but it was Kids that took the dancing to another level. First of all we did a countdown from 5, which basically makes you feel like your going to get a box of chocolate that explodes feelings of serendipity in each bite. I assumed it was this blissful moment that makes waiting in the long lines to enter the Twilight Concert Series worthwhile. Once we finished the countdown, the hit song Kids started and everyone around me, including myself, started naturally doing this Gangnam Style dance minus the upper body movement.
Zubin Mehta concert: J&K gearing up to hold its biggest ever musical extravaganza
1 and toward the stadium parking lot. This year, Gillette opened their parking lots by 2 p.m., something that Carmichael said helped move along traffic. In the past, the stadium opened the lots closer to 3 p.m. “The argument has been that if they open the gates earlier, the people are going to be inside of there tailgating, drinking too early, leading to more OUIs at night,” Carmichael said about why Gillette wont open lots earlier, as Walpole Police have asked. Police pulled off their plan during the New England Country Music Festival, keeping traffic manageable and tailgating to a minimum during the two-day concert that usually causes public safety snafus, according to the department. Deputy Police Chief John Carmichael said the traffic plan went well, calling the result much better than 2011 and 2012 concerts. Extra officers on detail for longer hours in more strategic locations were the reason for the smoother Country Fest weekend on Aug. 23 and 24, Carmichael said. This year, Gillette Stadium paid for extra officers to deploy in South Walpole during the concert, as well as additional officers on detail after the concert and into the early morning to look out for drunk drivers, Carmichael said. In addition to more officers, the police department, along with the Department of Public Works (DPW), State Police, and other town officials worked together to place more signs in strategic, visible places detailing traffic plans as part of what Carmichael called a collaborative operations plan. “There was marked improvement,” Carmichael said about this years Country Fest plan. “We were very effective in keeping traffic flowing even through South Walpole.” Carmichael said police basically shut down South Walpole neighborhoods, redirecting traffic to Rte.