Deedar Singh Pardesi - Eastleigh Secondary School Alumni Students, Nairobi, Kenya
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Deedar Singh Pardesi (1953 - 1956)

I was born in Punjab in 1937. We migrated to Nairobi in 1951. I attended Delhi Road Primary School (later Park Road Primary) and Race Course Secondary, which became Eastleigh Secondary School.

I left ESS in 1956, worked for Barclays Bank and then trained as a teacher. I taught at Juja Road Primary, was a Deputy Head first at Ainsworth Primary and later at Highridge Primary School - before immigrating to UK in 1975. In London I taught at Houndsfield School as Head of Geography Department and then at Salisbury Secondary School from where I retired in 1993.

I was very keenly involved in singing from my childhood days. I started singing in "Phulwari" in 1952. I sang Mohammed Rafi's songs so well that people often used to call me "The Rafi of East Africa". My famous "Salma" song became a landmark. In 1969 I sang for "Anjana Safar", "Do Shikari", "Mehmaan" and "Chor Swami"; one of the songs was a duet with Asha Bhonsle. I continued singing in the UK and released six albums of my popular numbers.

I got married in Kenya in 1963 and have 2 daughters and son. They are all happily married with children and well settled in the UK. I am enjoying my retirement and maintaining my hobbies of music and gardening.

- As of October 2006

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