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Lydian Nadhaswaram

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Lydian Nadhaswaram
Lydian Nadhaswaram

(2005-09-05) September 5, 2005 (age 18)
Years active2019–present
Known forWinning the 2019 CBS talent show, The World's Best
  • Varshan (father)
  • Jhansi (mother)
Awards2019 World's Best Performer Award by CBS

Lydian Nadhaswaram (born 5 September 2005) is an Indian musician from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.[1][2] In 2019, he appeared on The World's Best on CBS and won, earning prize money of $1 million.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Lydian was born to Varshan Satish, a Tamil music director, and Jhansi as their second child. At the age of two, he started performing on the drums, and at eight he taught himself to play the piano.[2] He is a student of Augustine Paul, the music director of the century-old Madras Musical Association Choir.[6][7]

Lydian spent four years studying at KM Music Conservatory, a higher education institution founded in 2008 by the AR Rahman Foundation. In a YouTube video, Nadhaswaram was at home playing a Vande Matram song by A.R. Rahman on the piano in front of the composer.[8]

In September 2019, it was announced that Nadhaswaram would make his debut as a film composer with the Malayalam-language fantasy film Barroz: Guardian of D'Gama's Treasure, directed by Mohanlal, starring himself in the lead.[9] He played the role of Guddu in the film Atkan Chatkan.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Viegas, Vanessa (29 September 2018). "Striking the right note". The Asian Age.
  2. ^ a b Gaitonde, Vishwas R. (8 November 2017). "The grand piano chase". The Hindu. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Chennai's 13 years old prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram wins the 'World's Best'". Penbugs. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  4. ^ "The World's Best and the Winner is ..." Mercury News. 19 March 2019.
  5. ^ "13YO Chennai's prodigy Lydian wins 'World's best' show!". Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Grand strokes from a li'l Mozart of Madras". Vishwas R Gaitonde. The Hindu. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Chennai boy Lydian crowned 'The World's Best'; bags USD 1 million". Manorama. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "14-Year-Old Wins $1 Million Playing a 2 Piano Medley in Talent Competition". 28 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Mohanlal announces 13-year-old child prodigy Lydian as the music director for 'Barroz'". The Times of India. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Lydian Nadhaswaram on his film debut and musical journey". Urvashi Bhattacharya. The Telegraph. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.[dead link]