Zubin Mehta Kashmir Show A Booster: Tourism Players

Zubin Mehta Kashmir Show A Booster: Tourism Players

28 August 2013
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: At a time when separatist leaders and other Civil Society Groups are opposing the forth-coming performance of international music maestro Zubin Mehta, the tourism players of Valley are looking at it from another angle. They don’t see any political dimension to it and urge the people of Kashmir to look at the concert in a positive way. CEO of Kashmir Caravans, Muzaffar Andrabi, who has been appointed the official travel agent for the show told CNS that the musical concert would prove a booster for tourism sector in Kashmir. “Although German ambassador has said that it is merely a cultural event I feel this show is going to boost our tourism sector in a big way. This show would go air live in different European countries and it would certainly change the mindset of people living there,” he said. House Boat Owners Association president, Tuman Azeem opined that separatist leaders should not take this concert in a negative sense. “I appeal them to reconsider their decision. For last 20 years, Kashmir has got a bad name and now this musical concert is certainly going to improve our image. One more positive thing about the concert is that foreign tourists would realize that Kashmir is a safe destination for them,” Azeem said. Director, Shangloo Travels, Noor Muhammad said that people in Kashmir should not politicize this issue. “Political issues are there and they would remain there. This event is apolitical. People should understand that this concert would give boost to the economy here and world community would come to know about the real face of Kashmir,” he said, adding that one more positive thing about the event is that we could share “our ideas and aspirations with European delegates that would come here to attend the concert.” Convener and head INTACH, J&K chapter, Muhammad Saleem Beg told CNS that there is no political dimension to it. He said that it would send a positive message across the globe when the musician of international repute would perform at Shalmar garden. “Now if we oppose this concert the world would not say that Kashmiri people did not allow it to happen on political reasons but the message would go that they are intolerant. Let Zubin come and spread the message of peace through his enchanting music,” he said. Around 1,500 guests from Kashmir and across the country and Europe are expected to attend special concert that is being organized by the German Embassy at world famous Shalimar Garden in Srinagar.