Famous in Kochi

At David Hall, Fort Cochin

On Friday I played at David Hall in Fort Cochin.

David Hall was built in 1695 by the Dutch East India Company. It became residence of the Dutch governor, Hendrick Adrian Van Rheede tot Drakestein. The ‘David’ of David Hall comes from a later occupant, a Jewish businessman called David Koder.

Today David Hall is an art gallery, one of the venues of the Kochi Muziris Biennale. The garden outside, has a cafe that makes the best wood-fired pizzas in all of Cochin, and the stage on which I played.

There were about 150 people in the audience, some standing at the back after the chairs ran out. The next day, The Hindu carried a lovely interview. But the most unexpected part of the experience was walking around Fort Kochi and finding posters of myself on every street corner!

Famous in Kochi

October 17-19: In Bangalore


I’m playing in Bangalore this week in short interactive sessions around the classical guitar.

Friday October 17, 6pm
IIHS (Indian Institute for Human Settlements)
No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashiv Nagar

Saturday October 18, 6pm
37/5, Ulsoor Road, Yelappa Chetty Layout

Sunday October 19, 6pm
Paradigm Shift
Sony World Signal,80 Feet Road, Koramangala

Olive Bistro

I played again at Olive Bistro yesterday. Olive’s at the Poona Club and one of my favourite places to eat at in town.

The first time I played here was this February. It was a lovely evening, not too hot and not too cold, the way February in Pune is meant to be. It had been rained earlier that day. I called Darayus to find out whether the show was still on. Don’t worry, he said. They had a canopy and for some reason all of last month it had been raining every Wednesday. Not during the week, but on Wednesdays, the days they had a live gig outdoors.

Veda at Olive (Feb 2014)

That event was nice, but cut short. This time was better. Varsha and Karan came for it. And Varsha, went back home and updated her blog. (It’s nice to have writer friends!) Here’s what she wrote:

My Friend the Guitarist Veda

I remember when Veda was gifted her first guitar and all of us wanted to touch it. She was kind enough to let us touch it and we played with it, rather than playing it. Before we knew it, two years had passed, and Veda was the only girl in school who could play the guitar. As a result, she was taking part in The Merchant of Venice, performed by the 9th (or was it 10th) standard students. And before long, I could go to Veda’s house just to listen to her play.

Yesterday was magical.

Veda at Olive May 2014I went to Olive Bistro for the first time, just to listen to Veda play.

I had a fantastic evening. The guitar, melodious and gentle, in a place that is truly charming, transported me to a world where I was at peace. Sure, I had heard most of the pieces before. But it was something else to listen to live music in the open air on a beautiful night. The rain had left the evening deliciously cool, and Veda set the mood perfectly, softly and sweetly – yet enthusiastically. Ignore the music if you want, listen in if you want. Either way, it makes your evening.