Lydian Nadhaswaram

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Lydian Nadhaswaram
Lydian Nadhaswaram

(2005-09-06) September 6, 2005 (age 15)
Years active2007 -
Known forWinning the 2019 CBS talent show, The World's Best
  • Varshan (father)
  • Jhansi (mother)

Lydian Nadhaswaram is a young Indian multi-instrumentalist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.[1][2] In 2019, Lydian won the CBS talent show The World's Best and the associated $1 million prize money.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Lydian is 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 111-year-old Madras Musical Association Choir.[6][7][8]

Lydian spent 4 years studying at KM Music Conservatory, a higher education institution founded in 2008 by the AR Rahman Foundation. [9]

In September 2019, it was announced that Lydian would make his debut as a film composer with the Indian Malayalam language fantasy film Barroz: Guardian of D'Gama's Treasure, directed by Mohanlal, starring himself in the lead.[10] He played the role of Guddu in the film Atkan Chatkan.[11]


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. ^ "13-year-old Lydian Nadhaswaram, Chennai's Musical Prodigy Plays Piano Blindfolded On The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Chetna Kapoor. Republic World. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Chennai boy Lydian crowned 'The World's Best'; bags USD 1 million." Manorama. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
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  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Lydian Nadhaswaram on his film debut and musical journey". Urvashi Bhattacharya. The Telegraph. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.