30 October, 2020

Srinagar Diary

What you hear in the Valley is not always what you get to see. There are layers and there are layers...

Srinagar Diary
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Devi wears Prada

Attempting to gauge who gained and who did not from Zubin Mehta’s concert for Kashmir is a treacherous exercise to undertake. It is easy to conclude, as Ravi Shastri might, that “music was the ultimate winner”, but what you hear in the Valley is not always what you get to see. There are layers and there are layers. For a moment, it seemed the maestro had emerged the BJP’s darling for a Bharat Ratna till he tripped up on Article 370. It seemed the German ambassador had buried the ‘caviar ghost’ that has haunted his political career with a global TV coup, till the Bavarian orchestra manager said they had been misled about the nature of the “exclusive, elitist, embassy event”.

It seemed Omar Abdullah had showcased his state to the world, till it emerged that Kashmiri folk artistes,...

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