No kid’s stuff: 13-year-old croons for needy kids

May 22nd, 2008 - 7:33 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Thirteen-year-old Tara Venkatesan belies her age, as she sings with the elan of a seasoned maestro. Her voice, confident and strong, drives home the message that she sings for - rise to the sufferings of the underprivileged children. One of the few sopranos in the country, Venkatesan Wednesday evening bowled over her audience with her renditions of western classical and Broadway hits in the capital.

Her repertoire includes opera pieces of Bach, Mozart, Rossini as well as Pandit Ravi Shankar’s compositions in Indian classical music.

Her renditions of Broadway hits such as “I just can’t wait to be king” from “The Lion King” and “My favourite things” from “The Sound of Music” were a big hit.

Singing under the banner “Music 4 Kids by Kids”, a platform to raise awareness about the sufferings of the underprivileged children, Venkatesan had a strong accompaniment in a flautist, violinist and pianist, who complemented her singing.

“She’s absolutely fabulous. Such fine hold over her voice at such a young age, I am impressed,” said Aruna Anand, one of the many seated in the audience.

Performing on stage ever since she was eight, Venkatesan said her grandfather, former president R. Venkataraman, instilled in her love for music and the passion to do something for the needy.

“My grandfather would often take me to music concerts even when I was very young. He made me realize my love for music,” she said.

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