Haqeeqat versus Ehsaas today
Govt grants permission to parallel concert with ‘same timing’ rider
Civil Society group says ‘will go ahead at our own time’;Zubin arrives in Srinagar, to perform in Shalimar garden
Srinagar, Sep 6: It would be a clash between ‘reality’ and ‘feelings’ about Kashmir here on Saturday. When renowned musician Zubin Mehta would play Beethoven, Hayden and Tchaikovsky for about 90 minutes at the ‘Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ (Feelings of Kashmir) concert from the rostrum at the famed Shalimar garden on Srinagar outskirts, Kashmir-based civil society activists would show the ‘realities’ about Kashmir at the ‘Haqeeaqt-e-Kashmir’ event at SK Park in the heart of the City.
In a late-night development, the state government granted permission to the parallel concert, a civil society initiative aimed at countering the Zubin Mehta concert.
Talking to Greater Kashmir this evening, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shalindera Kumar said the civil society group organizing the parallel concert has been granted the permission to hold the event at SK Park in Srinagar. “We had sought some details from the civil society group which they submitted. We allowed them to go ahead after deliberating on the issue,” he said.
An official from Srinagar district administration said the since the civil society group is holding the parallel event, the timing too had to be same. “The timing for Shalimar concert is 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, so we have allowed same timing for the parallel event. We can’t accept all their conditions. District administration has to look into all aspects,” the official said. The civil society group had sought permission for holding the event from 12 noon.
Khuram Pervez, a spokesman of ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’ event said the government has deliberately kept the same timing to bar international media and other guests from attending the parallel concert. “This is not acceptable to us. We will go ahead with our timing which is 12 noon,” he said.
According to sources, Shalindera chaired a high-level meeting of civil and security officers here to deliberate on the issue. “It was deemed appropriate to allow the parallel event, but at the same time that of Mehta concert,” they said.
The Zubin concert is being organized by the German Embassy in collaboration with the Government of India and State Government. The concert is expected to see an attendance of at least 1500 guests, mostly VIPs, where Zubin and his orchestra comprising 100 musicians would play Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovsky. The concert has drawn widespread opposition from civil society groups and separatists.
The parallel event, according to its organizers, would see songs, paintings, writings etc about the resilience and resistance of the people of Kashmir.
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