I felt my calling to make music at the age of three and couldn’t wait to start learning an instrument. My mother was Welsh with some music in her background and my father was Indian. At the age of eight, I started learning the violin at school and was instantly dedicated to the art of playing. I practised daily with no pressure at all from my parents and soon gained County Scholarships from Oxfordshire. At the age of sixteen, I became a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music in London and studied violin, piano and various musical skills there every Saturday. Alongside this, I was always singing. By the time I was 17, I was singing in various Madrigal Choirs and took lead solo roles in Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas and, my favourite one, Die Fledermaus.
Aged 18, I studied violin, singing and piano at The Royal College of Music, qualifying with a GRSM hons degree, ARCM Teaching Diploma and one year of Post Graduate Study. After graduating I taught in London, directed a children’s orchestra and freelanced as an orchestral violinist for several years. In 1987, I made the big decision to move out of London to a beautiful seaside town called Lyme Regis. I had good friends in Lyme and I was beginning to find the hectic pace and impersonal nature of City life less and less appealing. So I gave my notice and embarked on the huge adventure of creating a new life, full of music, down in the South West with the sparkling backdrop of the ocean!
I’ve met many brilliant musicians here and played in various ensembles. In 1993, I met a Sitar player and my love and interest in Indian music flowered. In order to start playing Indian ragas, I needed to learn to improvise. I had always played with the anchor of written music in front of me and the idea of playing without this was terrifying! But I was determined to take this risk. After a few very fraught weeks, I found myself able to take baby steps with improvisation and from this point, I felt a sense of great flight – I was flying through immense inner landscapes with great freedom. I wanted to study Indian music further so I took lessons for a few years with Mr Chandrashekar (known as Chandru) in The Bhavan Centre of Indian Music and Dance in London. I have continued to play Indian music with Sitar and Tambura since then and my love and fascination with this art continues.
Since 1996, I have played in three different bands: Na-Da with Tony Roberts playing World Fusion music with a hint of Jazz; Up and Running a Celidh band and Folkadelica playing Folk and Eastern European Gypsy music. Currently I am playing in band with the sarod player Chinmaya Dunster and once again, our music comes under the vast umbrella of World Fusion.
I have played and been interviewed for two television programmes one broadcast in 1995 on HTV and a German TV programme broadcast in 1998. I always enjoy new musical ventures. As an artist, I think it is important to be open to new ideas and learning to keep yourself fresh. I have also travelled with my violin, playing in Europe, Japan and India. In India, I played in ensembles for meditation events attended by thousands of people. This was a great joy. It is always an honour to take people into deeper places with music. Meditation & Healing has been another great love of my life, travelling alongside Music.
Currently I teach privately from home, I sing in a Chamber Choir and coach the ladies - and enjoy all manner of musical engagements. I love playing for weddings, special occasions and memorials. I can offer a varied repertoire; Classical, Celtic, Indian and Gypsy music including timeless favourites such as Ave Maria and Jesu My Joy. I feel grateful for the gift of music each day of my life.