I was born in Lucknow, capital of the state Uttar Pradesh, in India. My mother was the first female defence lawyer of this state, but she had also studied piano performance. That is how I started to play the piano, but was a rather indisciplined pupil! At the same time I completed diploma studies in Indian percussion (Tabla) and dance (Kathak) in India. After school I completed Bachelor of Arts in English literature, Economics and History.
In 1987, I moved to Austria, where I studied in Graz at the University of Music and Performing Arts. To finance my studies, I began conducting a church choir and a brass band in Eastern Styria and so had my first experiences of rural Austria. I encountered real openness and acceptance and learned to speak the Styrian dialect! In 1994 I moved to Vienna where, I now live and direct the Vienna University Philharmonic.
Since 2009 I have been conductor and composer for the China National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. This has made me learn and love Chinese culture which is why today I feel my being is composed of three cultures: Austrian, Indian and Chinese. I am still making an effort to learn better Chinese!
Since 2013 I reduced my conducting activities and concentrated more on composition. My First Symphony, “Prayer Flags” premiered in 2014 in Vienna and is a milestone in my development. The work is based on Indian literature and melodies. My Second Symphony, ChangAn Men “Gate to long lasting Peace”, was commissioned by the China National Symphony Orchestra and will be premiered in November 2017 in Beijing. The European premiere will be in December in Vienna. This work is based on ancient Chinese Philosophy by Confucius and Laozi.
Among other activities, I am an Austrian representative for the evaluation of European Union culture projects and also have been the director of a program of the European Union in Turkey. Additionally, I have directed and implemented several projects for the Austrian Foreign Ministry in more than 20 countries worldwide. Since 2017 I am have also been acting as an expert for the Chinese government to develop cultural activities in China.