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AR Rahman-Mentored Chennai Prodigy Wins $1 Million In US Reality Show


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13-year-old wonderboy from Chennai, Lydian Nadhaswaram, turned a million heads last month with his outstanding skills on the piano. Performing at CBS global talent show ‘The World’s Best’, the gifted teenager tried his hands on ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and you bet, he had the world standing on its feet with his exceptional performance.

Academy Award winner AR Rahman is all praises for 13-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram. The teenager, who is being praised for being a "piano prodigy", won a million dollars for his performance on the American reality show 'The World's Best'.

"It was really good performing in a huge international platform. I practiced a lot for the competition," Lydian told NDTV.

The young prodigy also made his debut on The Ellen Show. A video shared by Ellen DeGeneres on Facebook, which features a segment from the show where Lydian stuns the audience by playing the piano blindfolded, has now gone viral with over 2.6 million views.

Lydian is also a student of the Chennai-based KM Music Conservatory that Mr. Rahman runs.
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Raji Ram

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Lydian is a wonder-kid, no doubt about it!

BTW, Lydian mode is KalyāNi rāgam in Carnatic music.

In an interview, this kid explains how he got his name!! (y)

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