GROWING UP IN
St. Peter’s School:
Yet being a child Farrokh moved with his parents to
While his parents and his sister Kashmira
resided in Bombay, 8 year-old Farrokh was sent in February 1955 to
St. Peter’s, an English style boarding school in Panchgani, a small town
The school was run like a typical British public school, with a great emphasis on etiquette and discipline.
Freddie: “I was at boarding school for nine years so I didn’t see my parents that often. That background helped me a lot because it taught me to fend for myself.”
Despite its strict tradition, St Peter’s was liberal enough to accommodate boys with artistic leanings. Mr. Davis, Freddie’s music teacher, used to hold sessions after tea in the evenings. He would play the boys pieces from operas and readings by classical English actors. Although Freddie was quiet, he was not afraid to express himself to either pupils or teachers. He was a good singer and sportsman; he acted in a variety of plays, participated at school festivities and was a talented visual artist.
At St. Peters Freddie also began taking piano lessons. He fell in love with the instrument and eventually attained a grade four in theory and practice.
At the age of 12, Freddie was awarded a Junior All-Rounder trophy for all his achievements.
Freddie, the all-rounder:
Freddie’s first public singing was in the school choir.
While Freddie was at St Peter’s, his parents moved
At a birthday party:
The Hectics with Freddie in the middle:
The Hectics in action with Freddie at the piano:
This was possibly Freddie’s look from the stage – in boarding school (pic from UNTOLD STORY):
Freddie at a ‘bicycle race’:
Freddie, the box champion:
Teenage Freddie Bulsara in a very expensive amateur
video shot in
I have copied the picture DIRECTLY from the auction: