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    Kashmir "chose me", said India-born world-renowned music conductor Zubin Mehta who hopes to spread the message of peace when he directs the Bavarian State Orchestra in Kashmir.
    "I didn't choose Kashmir, it chose me," Mehta, 76, told reporters here Friday.
    "I hope to have the blessings of the people as music is the only language I know and hope to spread the message of peace with this performance," added Mehta who was born in Bombay (Mumbai) and received his first musical education under the guidance of his father Mehli Mehta, the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.
    Zubin Mehta is to conduct in Kashmir the Bavarian State Orchestra, which emerged from one of the oldest orchestras in Germany. Its origins can be traced back to 1523.
    Mehta's 90-minute concert in Kashmir, "Ehsaas-e-Kashmir" (The feel of Kashmir), Saturday has been facing opposition from separatist politicians.
    Mehta was in the capital to receive Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony, which was conferred upon him by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony here.
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