Zubin Mehta, an Indian-Parsi mestro of western classical music on 10 July 2013 was named for the second edition of Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the year 2013. He was named for the award because of his outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
His name was selected by a high level four-member Jury that was led by Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and it comprised the Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj and Public Intellectual Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
The first Tagore Award was conferred on Pt. Ravi Shankar, the Indian Sitar Maestro in 2012
About the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony
Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was instituted by the Union Government of India in 2012 during the commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The award carries an amount of one crore rupees, a citation in a scroll, a plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft or handloom item.
About Zubin Mehta
• Mehta was born into a Parsi family in Mumbai, the son of Mehli and Tehmina Mehta.
• His father was a violinist and founding conductor of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.
• He was appointed as the Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) in 1981
• Mehta was taught to play the piano by Joseph de Lima
• 1958, Mehta made his conducting debut in Vienna and in the same year he won the International Conducting Competition in Liverpool
Awards and Honors conferred on him
• In 2011, he received the 2434th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in the same year he received the Echo Klassik in Berlin, for his life's work
• In 2008, he received the Praemium Imperiale (World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu), Japan.
• He received Dan David Prize in 2007 and in the same year, he received Second Annual Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University
• In 2006, he was honoured with year's Kennedy Center Honors by Kennedy Center
• In 2005, he was voted the 117th-greatest Israeli of all times
• He is a proud recipient of the Padma Bhushan (1966) and India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan (2001)
• He was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Peace and Tolerance Award by United Nations in 1999
• In 1995, Laureate of the Wolf Prize in Arts
• In 1972, his name was mentioned in a song Billy the Mountain in an album Just another Band from L.A. by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.
Who: Zubin Mehta
When: 10 july 2013