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He’s no different from a teenager who loves hanging out with friends. But give him a fiddle and stick, Aneesh transforms into a mature musician
I’d never met a “prodigy” before. I didn’t know if they’re supposed to exude some kind of an aura that makes everyone around them think that they’re special.
So when I heard of Aneesh, a 17-year-old “prodigy”, a genius at the violin with super control over the strings and so on, I was perhaps expecting more than what met the eye.
He is, after all just 17 — loves his computer, cars, racing, and the usual things one would identify with a boy his age.
Aneesh has his father LSR Vidyashankar as his guru and under his tutelage, performed solo for the first time at the age of eight.
Since then, he’s had several concerts to his credit — with solo performances at ISKCON, Mysore Music Association, Ramanavami festivals, Bangalore Gayana Samaj, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore Club, Devnandan Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeet Utsav, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, SVN Music Academy, Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat, Percussive Arts Centre, Indian Institute of World Culture, Art festival sponsored by Toursim Dept, Govt of Karnataka amongst others.
With accolades and appreciations under his belt, Aneesh has launched his first album “Pure Expressions” recently; it has some very fashionable tunes such as Vathapi, Jagada Nanda Karaka, Om Jai Jagadeesh and Raghupati Raghava.
Ask him and he’ll tell you that music comes to him naturally. “I wasn’t influenced by my father’s playing or anything. Yes, it’s true that I was inspired by him but I just picked up the instrument by instinct,” says Aneesh. “People say they’ve been moved by my playing.”
Aneesh wants what every musician wants — to impress people with his music, to charm them, make them wonder how a boy his age can play complex tunes with ease. And along with all this, he surely wants the recognition and fame.
A life of a musician can’t be easy — what starts of as an easy achievement gets tougher with time as more and more competition sets in. Aneesh has surely had fortune on his side.
With very little negative feedback to bog him down, he’s found himself at a spot where everyone appreciates him and that, he’ll tell you himself. We just hope it continues to stay that way!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Belur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, (also known as Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar) (Born December 14, 1918 in Belur, Karnataka, India) is the founder of Iyengar Yoga. He is considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 89 years. He has written many books on yogic practice and philosophy, and is best known for his books Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, and Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. He has also written several definitive yoga texts. Iyengar yoga centers are located throughout the world, and it is believed that millions of students practice Iyengar Yoga.He just turned 90yrs this december.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002.Here with Prodigy Aneesh Vidyashankar ,guru Vidyashankar and mother Jyothi after a concert at the fecilitation of Dr Bks iyengar at the Ramatheertha seva forum and the Nirmala Yoga Kuteeram at Bangalore on the 28th Feb 2008.
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Available all over India., in leading outlets like Planet M., Land Mark., Calypso and so on.
AT the age of six, he charmed all with his violin strains. And at eight, with his first solo violin concert, he had the crowd screaming encore.
Now, at 17, Aneesh Vidyashankar has widened his musical horizon with his maiden album Pure Expressions by Prodigy Aneesh Vidyashankar, which is on the racks at Landmark and will be available at other leading musical stores in the city soon.
The down-to-earth young artiste is matter of fact with his tag of a young master at violin. “Playing the violin has a soothing effect on me and I find it a total out-of-the world experience. I get to vent out my emotions and blend in ragas, adding a tinge using my own creativity.”
Having named his violin Happy at the age of five, he used to compel his father and guru S.R. Vidyashankar to play the instrument for him often. “It must have made me feel happy then,” comments Aneesh.
He recollects his first experience in front of an audience. “I wasn’t the least bit scared. My father had said that he would be recording the performance and I discovered that the recorder was not switched on.”
He adds with a laugh, “I remember, I started my performance only after he came in and switched it on.”
Aneesh’s album, which is marketed by Kosmic Music and sponsored by Lia Agarbathies, has traditional compositions like Vathapi, Jagada Nanda Karaka, Om Jai Jagadeesh and Raghupati Raghava.
“I have tried to blend in ragas and have also used four ragas — Bilahari, Kalyanavasantham, Kalyani and Kapi — in the composition Jagadoddharana. There is something for both the Hindustani and Carnatic music lovers.”
A PUC student at the Christ College, Aneesh handled both music and studies smoothly. “They don’t clash at all. I play the violin after 10 o’clock in the night and then it just goes on. Somehow, I’m not comfortable with practising in the mornings.
And, one needs to practise for atleast two hours to get the concentration and the flow of the music. So, once I’m finished with practising, it’s not hard for me to concentrate on my studies as well.”
Aiming to be an engineer, Aneesh also wants to carry his musical interests forward. But this young musician has other ‘loves’ too. ‘I love cars and Formula One racing.”
Aneesh is quick to add though: “But, music definitely my first love. I also love making fusion music and soundtracks with the drums at four-by-four beat.”
Aneesh Vidyashankar (16), a student of Christ College has proved his talent as a child prodigy Sixteen years of age, is studying in Christ College.
Recognising his talent early, his parents nurtured and nourished him as early as a child of five years. He started learning violin at the age of six from his father S R Vidyashankar and soon learnt the finer aspects of violin playing. Inborn talent, rigorous practice, constant monitoring and encouragement from his parents enabled him to give his first violin solo concert (classical Carnatic style) at the age of eight.
He has given solo violin concerts at ISKCON, Mysore Music Association, Ramanavami festivals, Bangalore Gayana Samaj, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore Club, Devnandan Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeet Utsav, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, SVN Music Academy, Karnataka Gana Kala Parishat, Percussive Arts Centre, Indian Institute of World Culture, Art festival sponsored by Toursim Dept, Govt of Karnataka to name a few.
He has won first prize in the violin competitions held by various sabhas including Bangalore Gayana Samaj and The Academy of Music to name a few. He had the honour of being a guest on "Chat on the Mat" Programme of Radio 91FM.
Top percussionists like Arjwl Kumar, Giridhar Udupa, H S Sudheendhra, Sukanya Ramgopal, N Amrith, Cheluvaraj, Shreeshyla, Ramanujam, M T Rajakesari and others have accompanied Aneesh in his solo concerts.