Zubin Mehta - A Portrait
Zubin Mehta is one of the most charismatic conductors of our time and a citizen of the world with many facets: Indian Culture, a North American lifestyle and European music traditions. This film accompanies him on current projects and shows important stages of his constantly politically shaped life.
If you are talking about Zubin Mehta, his great contribution to the classical concert and the opera will be one topic - the other will be his commitment to a better world. He has constantly made political statements, as when he rushed to Israel during the Six Day War in 1967 and conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in gas masks. Or when he traveled with the Bavarian State Orchestra to the crisis region of Kashmir a few years ago to appeal for reconciliation between India and the Kashmiris. He shares this sense of responsibility with another conductor, Daniel Barenboim, who is also his lifelong friend. This documentary follows Mehta to places that are closely connected with his life - Mumbai, where he was born into an artistic family of the Parsee sect, Israel, Berlin and Florence. It also looks back on a great career straddling Europe and North America - one that has also been furthered by his flair for major events with great public appeal.