Small Talk 3 | In Conversation with Satish Kumar & David Murphy

Here is the third episode of our Small Talk series. This captivating series features conversations between fascinating people from across various disciplines including music, cinema, art, anthropology, politics and philosophy. Each month, our guests choose a theme close to their heart.


In our third Small Talk, join former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist Satish Kumar and conductor and musical pioneer David Murphy as they discuss various themes from spirituality to ecology, from education to music and how they differ and connect depending if they’re from a Western or Eastern tradition.


Satish Kumar 

Satish was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. He is the Editor-In-Chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, a forum on environmental and social issues. Satish teaches and runs workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity and he is a visiting Fellow of Schumacher College in North Devon. In July 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Lancaster. And in the November of that same year, he was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad.


David Murphy 

Hailed as “one of the most exciting and original artists of his generation”, David has garnered an international reputation for his cutting edge musicianship and the breadth and depth of his artistry. Murphy’s pioneering musicianship has resulted in many landmark world premiere performances, and an approach to the Western Classical tradition that bristles with excitement, imagination and creativity. He is a highly experienced Musical Director, having held this position with the virtuoso chamber orchestra Sinfonia Verdi since 1990. We are thrilled to support David’s latest project with Anoushka Shankar and librettist Amit Chaudhuri, the ground-breaking new opera Sukanya, which will explore the common ground between the music, dance and theatrical traditions of India and the West, begun by the late Pandit Ravi Shankar.