"I did not choose Kashmir. Kashmir chose me," he told reporters on his arrival here.
The German Embassy in New Delhi will host host on Sept 7 what it called an unprecedented event in Srinagar: The 'Kashmir Concert', featuring the iconic India born music conductor Zubin Mehta from Munich.
On the many controversies and protests surrounding the concert, he said music is for peace.
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani opposed the concert as a symbol of legitimizing "Indian rule" in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Annual Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the year 2013 to Maestro Zubin Mehta at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said "We are not only honouring a distinguished son of India, but we are recognizing his untiring efforts, over the decades, to convert music into an instrument of peace and harmony."
"He has made it his mission to bring hope and reason wherever there is conflict and discord. Zubin Mehta's music has the power to transcend boundaries. He has earned for himself a unique position in the musical narrative of the world," said the President.
The President said it is a matter of pride for India that even though he is considered to be a citizen of the world, he has retained his Indian citizenship and, as he traverses the five continents and enthralls with his performances, he is India's cultural ambassador.
"As he reaches out, through his music, to inspire states and their people with his message of tolerance and peace, we pay tribute to him for his unfailing efforts to foster unity and understanding among the communities of the world. His spirit and dedication is an affirmation of Rabindranath Tagore's vision of "that heaven of freedom" where the world is not divided "by narrow domestic walls," said Mukherjee.
Also present on the occasion were Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Union Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch.
At the Kashmir concert, Maestro Zubin Mehta will conduct the "Bayerische Staatsorchester" (Bavarian State Orchestra) from Munich, one of the best classical orchestras, at Shalimar Bagh, Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. Soloists will be Andreas Oettl (trumpet) and Julian Rachlin (violin).
The embassy said 1.500 guests from Kashmir and beyond will listen to the timeless music of Beethoven, Haydn and Tchaikovsky.
--IBNS (Posted on 06-09-2013)