(b Bombay, 1936).
Indian conductor, violinist, and pianist. Son of Mehli Mehta (b Bombay, 1908; d S. Monica, Calif., 2002, founder of Bombay SO and at one time violinist in Hallé Orch. before settling in USA). Won first prize, Liverpool int. cond. comp. 1958, this leading to guest engagements throughout world. Amer. début 1960 (Philadelphia Orch.). Mus. dir.: Montreal SO 1961–7; Los Angeles PO 1962–77; NYPO 1978–91; Israel PO from 1977 for life; prin. dir. Maggio Musicale, Florence, from 1985; mus. dir. Bavarian State Opera 1998–2006. Opera début Montreal 1964. Salzburg Fest. 1962; NY Met 1965; CG 1977.