There was a relaxed sense of confidence in 35-year-old Greta Bradman’s demeanour as she arrived on stage, dressed in a floor-length red attire at the Weightlifting Auditorium in Delhi Friday.
Nerves didn’t come into play and she floated alongside the harmonies on violins, violas and cellos with ease — probably much in the manner of the kind her grandfather Sir Donald Bradman, the legendary batsman, would have exuded when facing bowlers.
Greta, who is on her maiden visit to India, performed under the baton of renowned conductor Zubin Mehta’s concert with the Australian World Orchestra.
“Maestro Mehta is a huge cricket fan, I know. His questions on my grandfather are enough to tell me that. But I’m sure he chose me for my repertoire and music. He doesn’t have it any other way,” said Greta.
On India, a country which counts cricket among its greatest passions, she said, “The colours, the sights, the sounds, everything is so vibrant. I love this unique order in absolute chaos. I see children playing in the middle of the road, which is so, so fantastic. A nation as cricket-obsessed as India is amazing”.
The world wasn’t aware of Greta’s lineage for a long time since she was called Greta Bradsen for many years. The moment of reckoning, for the audience and her, was a bit of an impediment to begin with.
“Privacy was important to my father. For the first 15 years, I was Bradsen. Suddenly the name change and then there were these expectations. Even things like, can she even sing? But they heard me and figured that my name had nothing to do with my work as an artiste,” said Greta, who was drawn to classical music because of Sir Don’s fascination for Zubin Mehta.
“He adored his music and would have been so proud today,” she said.
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