(1936-) Indian-born US conductor. He has been music director of the New York Philharmonic from 1978. He specializes in robust, polished interpretations of 19th- and 20th-century repertoire, including contemporary US composers.
His father, Mehli Mehta, helped found the Bombay Symphony and exposed his son to Western music from an early age. Zubin Mehta's fame spread rapidly when he toured with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the first orchestra that he conducted.
He was appointed music director of the Montreal Symphony 1961–67 and of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 1962–78, thus becoming the first person to direct two North American symphony orchestras simultaneously.
(1934-) Indian journalist. He was educated at blind schools in Bombay and the US, and later at Oxford and Harvard. A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1960 (he took US citizenship 1975), he has written family and personal chronicles such as as Daddyji 1971 and The Ledge between the Streams 1984 and humane but deceptively mild-mannered essays on philosophical, theological, and historical issues collected in volumes such as Fly and the Fly-Bottle 1963.