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Drums are his destiny

Staff Reporter

Siddharth has over 1,000 shows to his credit

— PHOTO: P. V. Sivakumar

CHILD PRODIGY: Siddharth is all set for greater glory.

Hyderabad: Siddharth may look like any other kid on the block. But the moment he takes the stool and picks up the sticks, the resemblance ends, the 10-year-old turns into a ‘rock star’ as he sits in front of the snare and places his foot on the bass pedal.

Born into a family of musicians, Siddharth Nagarajan promises to be the best drummer in the country. His tryst with drumming started when he was barely one.

“He took a dholak and started beating it. The beat sounded like dandiya. Ever since, Siddharth has been training with his father,” says Vidya Nagarajan, Siddharth’s mother.

Siddharth’s first stage performance was at a temple in Thiruverkadu, Tamil Nadu at the age of two. Later on, he entered the Limca Book of Records as the youngest musician to record for a film (Nenjil jil jil) and holds the record for being the youngest drummer of India for three consecutive years starting from 2003.

His performance at Rashtrapati Bhavan saw former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam lauding his talent.

The 5th class student from Jubilee Hills Public School practices when ever he likes but makes it a point to train every weekend at Nagi’s School of Drumming where his father and percussionist, Nagi conducts classes for drumming.

Having jammed with a lot of music stalwarts like Vikku Vinayakaram, Shivamani, Louis Banks and Selva Ganesh, Siddharth says that it is the crowd that keeps him going. “I like it when the crowd reacts positively to the music. It’s a good feeling when they get up and dance to the beat during performances,” says the power ranger fan.

Big screen dreams

With over a thousand performances, innumerable awards and a dream to become an actor, Siddharth has made his parents proud and is sure to touch a new high in the world of drumming.

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