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!