Pianist Lydian is student of Rahman’s K M Music Conservatory

Lydian Nadhaswaram with music director A R Rahman in Chennai, Thursday.

Chennai: It was a double honour for 13-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram, who won one million dollars at the International CBS fest, ‘The World’s Best’, as it was announced by Oscar winner, A R Rahman, Thursday, in Chennai.

In the event organised at K M Music Conservatory to celebrate the lad’s achievement, the music director told mediapersons, “I’m happy, since I see his victory as mine. When I see Lydian, it gives me hope that he is perfect to compete Chinese pianist Lang Lang. I wish him to become India’s musical ambassador.”

When asked the music kid about his first meeting with the doubel Oscar winner, Lydian said, “I met uncle at a event when I was 8. I came there to play drums and got a chance to meet him. Later, when I joined Rahman’s Chennai-based KM Music Conservatory, we met often.”

Sharing the secret of his success, Lydian said, “I like to play instruments including drums, piano, tabla and mridangam. I practise five hours a day and had home-schooling, which saved time for me to prepare. I didn’t get nervous and played blindfold at the event.”

When asked, whether the duo will compose music together for a movie or album, Rahman said, “There are chances if Lydian has callsheet available.” Lydian’s father and his piano teacher also took part in the event.

NT Bureau