I am a physician, musician, photographer and writer. Having relocated from the UK after a decade spent there, I am currently based in Goa, India.
I am an ardent musician. I have played in several orchestras around the world as a violinist, and still continue to play with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, London. It is an intregral part of my life, my raison d’etre.
Prior to going to the UK for work and further medical studies, I played violin in several orchestras in Goa and Mumbai, India, including the Bombay Chamber Orchestra.
In addition, I have played chamber music in various locations (Ealing Chamber Group, Piggotts Hill, to name a few).
I have taken lessons in conducting and orchestration with the late Alan Hazeldine, founder and conductor of the CCO; he was also on the teaching faculty of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. I studied violin with Joseph Wolfe.
Intrigued by the unique medical problems posed by musicians when the came to me as patients, I attended two workshops for GPs and other medical personnel at Ms. Carola Grindea’s house, which were very insightful.
Since our return to India, I have set up Child’s Play India Foundation (www.childsplayindia.org), a music charity that aims to impart teaching the playing of orchestral instruments to disadvantaged children, inspired by the Simon Bolivar porject in Venezuela. We have several projects in Goa.
I also organise classical music concerts, workshops and masterclasses. Some of the recent events that I have been involved with: Jesus College Cambridge Choir (March 2013), Kodaly Quartet (April 2013) and the Bager Trio (April 2013). I also help organise concerts for Promusica.
I write about music, history, nature, wildlife, the environment and other subjects. My writing has been published in the national and international press including The Strad, Classical Music magazine, Opera Now, The Times of India, India Today Travel Plus, among others
I currently write reviews and music-related articles for the Navhind Times, one of Goa’s oldest English language newspapers.
I am a keen history enthusiast, and offer bespoke guided walks of Panjim and surrounding towns, villages and cities. You will get an insider’s perspective about these places that guide books and brochures do not give you. Click here for more information.
My other interests include cycling (I helped start the Goa Cycle Club here), trekking, birdwatching, sailing, scuba diving and swimming.
I have recently gotten interested in numismatics (our heritage house once used to be the Public Mint [Casa da Moeda] from 1834-1842, and we had a festival in our house last year to celebrate 175 years of the milestone).
I really began to get interested in photography in 2000 after I purchased my first digital camera, which was a humble Kodak EZ200. Since then, I have moved on via a Concorde camera, Casio Exilim and now to a Canon 350D EOS SLR.
It is a fascinating activity and I am learning something new every day. I hope you enjoy my pictures.
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