The Baba Desi Story - The Belgrave Wizard

Wednesday, 6 September 2023 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
A bearded elderly man wearing a burgandy velvet fez and an eye patch. He has many rings on his fingers, is holding a staff and is wearing brightly coloured clothing. He is also smiling.

Baba Desi is today’s guest, interviewed by our very own Suzie leach, on Brainwaves has come to talk about community and mental health. He is joined by his photographer of two years Pauline Klemm.


Baba Desi aka the Belgrave Wizard, a nonagenarian and activist, is a local treasure among residents at the foothills of Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges. He says engaging and staying active with the community is his source of happiness, and overall wellbeing and mental health.


The podcast is the extended version of the show and features a lovely story from Pauline about how Pauline & Baba Desi met.


You can find more about The Baba Desi Story here:



Wednesday 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Challenging the mainstream, negative stereotypes of people with a mental illness ths program actively engages those living with a mental illness as researchers, interviewers, performers and program designers while promoting community mental health awareness.


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