I was born in Mumbai, and next door to my school was a Scottish kirk. I used to look through the bars and see all these Scottish people in colourful skirts dancing to pipe music. I never thought that, when I came to London in 1957, my first activities would be Scottish country dancing, Highland dancing and then Russian dancing. I met Frances Horrocks at Highland dancing, and she put me in touch with the Society for International Folk Dancing. I got involved with the Zivko Firfov Group where I picked up a drum and just beat it. This is how I came into the Balkan scene.

One day at a party my friend John Baldwin told me about a gathering of musicians who rehearsed at studios in Baker Street and asked me if I would be interested in playing drums with them. This was the start of my life with Dunav.

Rest in peace, dear Naren
(died 26 January 2019)

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