"It's to put something that is soothing and calm. Music can never be associated with something that is hurtful, harmful or in the sense where you would think of it as something that burns you. It's something that soothes you, it's something that comforts you," Khurshid told media here, when asked to comment on the opposition to Mehta's 'Ehsaas-e-Kashmir' (Feel of Kashmir) music concert.
"All of us in India are really proud of him. And I pray and urge and appeal to all young people that they should listen to his music, listen to what his music has to say and then make up their mind," he added.
German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner today attempted to downplay the ongoing controversy surrounding Mehta's concert, and said let the music play.
"Just one thing, 'Let the music play'," Steiner told media in Srinagar.
The concert is being organised by the German Embassy in collaboration with the Central and the state government.
Steiner, who is hosting the concert before a specially-invited audience of 1,500 guests, is camping in Srinagar to oversee the preparations for the event to be held in the famous Shalimar Garden built by Mughal emperor Jehangir.
Steiner visited the venue where he was briefed about the security measures being put in place in view of threats issued by three less-known militant organisations against holding of the concert.
The German envoy was shown around the venue and briefed about the access control and other measures. He also inspected the podium where Mehta and his 100-strong orchestra will perform.
Mehta, who is facing opposition from separatists and threats from little-known militant groups ahead of his music concert, earlier in the day said music is the message of peace.
"I didn't choose Kashmir, Kashmir chose me. Music is the message of peace, music only brings peace," he told media in New Delhi after receiving the 'Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony' from President Pranab Mukherjee.
Mehta also sought blessings of the people ahead of his much awaited concert on Saturday.
"I am extremely happy for my country having honoured me this way. I hope we have the blessings of the whole country for our music tomorrow," he said.
Preparations are on in full swing for Mehta's concert in Srinagar tomorrow.
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a general strike in the region on Saturday, while a little-known militant group has threatened to attack the guests if the concert takes place.
Mumbai-born Mehta, 77, will conduct Munich's Bavarian State Orchestra before an estimated 1,500 guests, including ministers and diplomats.
Mehta will share the dais with several local musicians.
The separatists claim that holding of Mehta's concert in a 'conflict zone' will change the nature of Kashmir dispute.
--ANI (Posted on 06-09-2013)