The curtains were drawn and Maneckji Cooper Education Trust celebrated its 53rd Annual Function at Rang Sharada auditorium with great aplomb. The two day extravaganza on 20th and 23rd had a lot of music and dance and drama to entertain the audience but the little musicians was what I could notice the most.
The curtain raiser was the school choir under the tutelage of Kokila Dutta singing a composition in Rag Yaman ‘Deva Lambodar Girija Nandana’ singing beautiful taan, aalap and tarana like a pro.
Next one that really amazed me was these tiny fingers strumming the les paul Epiphones n yamaha pacifica guitars n striking the drums, on songs like ‘Knocking on Heavens Door’ and Summer of ’69. This youngest boy band I have ever seen had Maahir Siddiqui on base/rhythm guitar, Mizhaan Maniyar on rhythm guitar, Vishal Vichare on Vocals/ Rhythm guitar and Adip Ahuja on drums, all from 9th standard. I thought these dudes were pretty cool and so did the girls crooning with them. Just a little more polishing of their vocal skills and they sure are here to stay.
Last but not the least was a small musical piece by Kabir Bhattacharya of 6th std. on Keyboard and Gaurav Sharma of 7th std on octapad. It was a treat to watch such small kids making music.
Maneckji Cooper definetly has a great talent pool. My girls Raajlakshmi Jain and Raajnandini Jain too being in the school choir makes me a proud mother. And of course watching my youngest one Raajshree Jain Rock-n-Roll in the school annual function for the first time too made me super happy.
Being a musician myself (https://www.facebook.com/NaadAlankaarMusicAcademy) I could not help but critically look at these small wonders I wrote about. Long way to go kids.