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The story of a female Indian violinist whose phenomenal career was cut short by fate

Priya Chaturvedi
The story of a female Indian violinist whose phenomenal career was cut short by fate

Philomena was named by her religious father, the “Huzur” Secretary to the Maharaja of Mysore, after the saint to whom he was deeply devoted. A man of vision as well as brilliance, he and his wife, recognised their daughter’s unique gift early and put her under the tutelage of a musician-nun at a convent in Mysore (now Mysuru). Talking about those beginnings, Philomena Thumboochetty said, “I seemed to have taken to music like a fish to water.” So much so that, as a little girl, she was sent to study at the Calcutta School of Music, and took the fellowship examination offered by Trinity College London.