Confident voices win laurels

Good turnout

Confident voices win laurels

It was nice to see a lot of young girls and boys get on stage, rather confidently, and render their part to perfection.

 ‘The Outperformers,’ the first youth vocal competition, organised by Asawari Music Foundation, in collaboration with the Majolly Music Trust, had students aged between 12 and 21 years, battle it out for the top slot. The competition saw the students perform western classical, music theatre and pop music.   

It was evident from their renditions that every participant had practised long and hard. Thirteen-year-old L’nee Golay, the winner, walked away with a voucher of Rs 10,000 and the coveted title and Yogita Suresh come second, winning a voucher of Rs 5,000. Proud of his daughter  L’nee Golay’s performance, her father Raj Golay said, “L’nee has always been interested in vocals, piano and the guitar. We have always encouraged her to strike a balance between her music and her academics.” 

Tanisha Herbert, vocal coach and director of ‘Girls Only’ choir, The Majolly Music Trust, who also works very closely with the Foundation, feels it is imperative to promote and popularise young musical talent. 

“I've seen youngsters bloom on stage and it only goes to show how learning any art form is instrumental in developing an individual’s personality. The positive response to this competition has been very heartening,” said Tanisha. 

Neecia Majolly, who was also a part of the initiative and a pioneer of western classical music in the City, is thrilled that a lot of young people are taking to learning and popularising western classical music in a big way.

 “Western classical music is the base for all other forms of music, whether classical or Hindustani. Every pop and rock musician must have a strong base in western classical music and I see that a lot of parents have begun to encourage their children to spend time learning it,” said Neecia. 

   In addition to renditions by participants of the competition, people in the audience were also treated to guest performances by the Majolly Music Trust's ‘Girls Only’ choir and a delightful Broadway duet by J W Johnson and Tanisha Herbert.

 Sheeba John, a member of the audience who thoroughly enjoyed the evening said, “It was a delight to watch young boys and girls come up and sing so well. They each had their own unique style of presenting a song. We hope to see more such initiatives in future.” 

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