Introducing Ferieda. Twice already I have written about the value of certain people in my life – I have insisted that real friendships transcend time, space and distance; that sometimes, the most valuable relationships are forged by reconnecting with one’s mentor, teacher or guardian from an earlier time and place in one’s life. These ideas […]Read more "Ferieda Havewala (née Postwalla) – Music. Speech. Song."
Playing a musical instrument is always very hard work, especially if you train for any music exam system. It rarely gets easier doing a music exam; the examiner must always be firm, professional but ultimately compassionate towards the student sitting down to play in the exam room. Nerves and performance anxiety is a complex area […]Read more "7 Things I Learned as a Music Examiner in Dublin, Ireland [Royal Irish Academy of Music]."
For nearly twenty years, I have thought long and hard before deciding to publish my unpublished academic writing on my own website. More recently, I’ve finally decided to do this for two reasons – 1) to make academic writing accessible to Indian music students who do not have access to musicological writings in the Anglo-American […]Read more "On Plagiarism."
Some twenty years back, my Speech and Drama teacher Ferieda Postwalla (now Havewala) was busy preparing myself and Roshan Dhariwal (pictured) for our Grade 8 examinations with Trinity College London. Even though Roshan was older than me and a senior school mate in St. Helena’s High School, Pune, Ferieda cast her as the young and […]Read more "With Cecily Cardew aka Roshan Dhariwal"
Before I start publishing my work on Mozart’s C Minor Fantasia K.475 (a series of academic articles and a full length study on the performance and analysis of this piece) right here on my website, here is a sneak preview of my live take of Mozart. I hope you enjoy this incredible music – I […]Read more "Karishmeh on Mozart: Live Recording of the Piu Allegro from Fantasia in C Minor K.475."
This is a tribute piece dedicated to one of Pune’s best loved personalities – the generous, down-to-earth, witty and incredibly dynamic Frank Freese, who until this year served as Principal of Bishop’s, an institution with a long history. As our casual selfie (above) shows, Mr. Freese remains one of my favourite people to visit when […]Read more "A Tribute to Mr. Frank Freese, Principal of Bishop’s from 1999 – 2017."
What does an urban Indian music researcher from Dublin, Ireland look like in 2017? Me.Read more "Picture Me."