Of strings and bow

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Listen to this young professional violinist in Carnatic music.

Genius. That's a word that can describe the 14-year-old Koneti Vinayrahul, the youngest professional violinist in Carnatic music in the country. A label given to him by the All India Radio, after he passed their professional artiste-grading test. And that too after getting an age exemption to appear for the test as the minimum age was 17 years. In January this year, he gave his first two-hour solo performance in company of popular mridangam vidwan Mullapudi Shrirama Murthy. He also has innumerable awards and recognitions like Ugadi Puraskar and special cash award from the Department of Culture, Government of A. P. With such achievements behind him, it is not quite surprising that he got selected to the Top three for Pogo Amazing Kids awards 2006 in the musicians (Instrumental) category and will go to Mumbai for the finals.

Practice pays

A Std. IX student of Hyderabad Public School, the soft-spoken boy finds little time for anything else other than studies and music. "My day starts at 4.30 am and I practise music for one hour and then get ready for school. I practise violin for two hours in the evening as well," says Vinayrahul, who loves listening to music by likes of M.S Gopalakrishnan and Nenduri Krishnamoorthy. Reading fiction is another thing he does often and loves Harry Potter books. Though music always tops his list of priority, he doesn't want to miss out on good education. "I haven't decided on my career moves, but I am surely going to have another career other than music," he assures. He agrees he had to sacrifice on playing and other activities, but he says"To achieve something, you have to give up something." And next on his agenda - to gain mastery over Hindustani and Western music.



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