New Delhi, Oct. 4 -- It's 11 in the morning on 30 September and the South Asian Symphony Orchestra is hard at work at Bengaluru's Radisson Blu Atria hotel. The 65-member orchestra is practising for its second concert, Peace Notes, to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. The first was in Mumbai in April.

"Peace Notes is more than a concert-it exemplifies a project, a journey for peace," says Nirupama Rao, one of the founders and trustees, with husband Sudhakar Rao, of the South Asian Symphony Foundation. The concert theme is "From Gandhi To Beethoven: The Call To Freedom". Nirupama says: "Both were humanitarians, opposed to oppression and violence. Besides, they had a connection in the figure of Gandhi's disciple, Meera Beh...