Boy closer to Sydney stage – 11-yr-old to perform in Hyderabad

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Nov. 23: Spring and Summer took him to Calcutta. Now Polanaise Brillante has propelled Prayash Biswakarma to Hyderabad possibly en route to Sydney for the grand finale of the Global Music Competition.

Eleven-year-old Prayash returned home yesterday after winning the Calcutta-leg of the violin competition being organised worldwide by Lions International. The Class VI student of Dr Graham’s Homes got the better of his competitor from Shillong in a one-on-one contest at Deshapriya Park in Calcutta on Saturday.

The two had to face each other after they were locked in a tie in a four-cornered contest on November 10 at the same venue. To break the tie, the judges had given the duo 10 days’ time to prepare Henryk Wieniawski’s rendition of Polanaise Brillante.

As it turned out, Prayash is understood have given a virtuoso performance and emerged the clear winner. “The girl from Shillong, unlike Prayash, played single notes even at places where double notes were required. The judge also commented on the showmanship of my son,” said Rudra Biswakarma, Prayash’s father.

Both Rudra and his wife had accompanied their son to Calcutta. Prayash’s guru is none other than his father, who teaches violin at Gandhi Ashram. The boy is also an alumnus of the school, where music is a compulsory subject. In fact, he was offered admission to Dr Graham’s Homes in recognition of his musical talent. After first appearing on stage at the age of three-and-a-half, Prayash has performed in different parts of the country. Last winter, he was given the privilege of practising with the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra.

“My fellow competitors were also good. I am not confident about Hyderabad, but I will prepare hard and give my best shot,” said the boy .He will have to perform three western classical pieces at the national leg of the competition, which Hyderabad will host on December 6. The Hyderabad winner will represent the country in the final round of the global competition in Sydney.

Prayash won the right to represent the north Bengal and Sikkim region after he had been adjudged the best among the 21 other young violinists who had taken part in the Siliguri-leg of the competition on October 10. He had then played two pieces — Spring and Summer of his favourite composer Vivaldi.

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