When they said “children are fast learners”, what they really meant was that children can make the impossible possible. From the boy who performed his first surgery at age 7 to the girl who won the World Cup of mental calculation at age 12 – India has had a good number of child prodigies.
And now, there is another addition to the family.
12-year old boy from Chennai, Lydian Nadhaswaram, recently left people speechless with his exceptional piano performance at ‘The World’s Best’.
He attempted to play ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov which is known to be difficult owing to its chaotic and rapidly changing tune like that of a bumblebee’s flight.
This is genuinely one of the best things I’ve ever seen live. pic.twitter.com/FY5LH6vxfI
— James Corden (@JKCorden) February 8, 2019
One can only imagine the amount of dedicated practice which is required to get the notes right.
Lydian first started playing at normal speed, which was in itself impressive. But then he took on the challenge to play it in faster variations.
He first increased the speed up to 280 beats per minute, aced it, then increased it to 325, and aced it again effortlessly!
His unbelievable performance left the judges and the audience in shock who called him a “scene stealer”.
His father was in tears when everyone including judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul stood up to give him a huge round of applause.
When James Corden posted the video of Lydian online, Netizens were shook!
Wow! One PROUD dad here!!! pic.twitter.com/NJv6f8DNJd
— Amanda Carter (@MandyC1968) February 9, 2019
Tamil Nadu holds its high becase of LYDIAN.. he brought name & fame to Tamil Nadu.. evwn to the whole of india
— Victor G Ebenezer (@victorgebenezer) February 14, 2019
Yeah, I can half-ass it at normal speed after playing piano for 20 years. pic.twitter.com/g8vik5VuxC
— Tweetysaurus (@Tweetysaurus1) February 8, 2019
Yes very cool, amazing how many ppl call it ‘talent’ while it’s pure work, is he about 11, he’s been drilling this for half of his life
— Marzie (@Marzieme) February 8, 2019
omg🤗 dis s amazing.. our Chennai lydian😍😍 proud moment for India😊
— priyanka (@Itz_priyahere) February 15, 2019
Holy smokes, my hands are cramping just watching it 😱
— Nat (@colorsandsounds) February 8, 2019
If you are solely led by talent and not hung up by age, maybe you could do something as amazing as Lydian someday!