Music

Let's Make an Opera, Benjamin Britten, Vaudeville Theatre, 1964Equally strong – perhaps meeting an inner need even more deeply than the visual arts – is my love of music. Undoubtedly nurtured by my father – a good singer (we would sing together for hours during long family car journeys in my childhood) who was an expert on the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi. With him I developed a love of opera and am still moved to tears by the sheer beauty of the music (far more than the story) of Rigoletto, Parsifal and Don Giovanni. When I was 12 I sang with... More

Art

Pottery SampleDuring my childhood I spent a great deal of time with my grandfather in the National Gallery in London (or ‘the Nish’ as he called it). This has given me a life-long interest in fine art and my taste is eclectic – my favourite painters include: Piero della Francesca, Rembrandt, Gaugin, Klee and Frida Kahlo! Above all, this exposure has given me a very strong interest in imagery and in illustration – this impacts my training and other work considerably. I continue to dabble with art projects:... More

The urge to write

Being the descendent of a famous poet has its drawbacks – the greatest of which, I believe, is the inhibiting impact it has on one’s own urges to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Nevertheless, I have written poems over the years and am confident there are a number of essays or short stories inside waiting to come out. I find writing comes easily… actually words come easily (a point often made by those I teach) but exactly what form the writing should take eludes me for now. The brief biography of my father (written in the aftermath of his... More

What's in a Name?

sitaNames are fascinating – why they were chosen, how they are adapted, what they convey when you hear them for the first time and how they relate to the actual individuals to whom they belong. In my case each of my (four!) names has some significance that has directly or indirectly impacted my life. SITA is my first name (to the delight to those who check passports in Indian airports) given to me because of my parents’ deep love for the sub-continent and their enjoyment of the stories in... More

Health and Well-being

yinYangMy lifelong interest in health and wellbeing has taken many directions including: Completing a training in Optimum Nutrition (whoever would have thought I would become fascinated by the bio-chemistry of the citric acid cycle?!) Studying and teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan for more than 12 years – getting up most mornings at 6am (this has become a habit even though the daily T’ai Chi practice stopped somewhere around 1985!). This took me on two study trips to Thailand to study with a Chinese T’ai... More