Tara Venkatesan is only 13. But her ideas belie her age.
The Class VIII student of the American International School is keen on helping her generation cope with the trauma inflicted by the Mumbai terror attack. And she hopes to achieve this lofty task through what she knows best—music.
Come Friday, the Capital will watch Venkatesan try and tap the curative power of music during a concert at the Sri Sathya Sai International Centre. However, the 13 year old, who is also the granddaughter of former President of India R Venkataraman, will not be alone and will be joined by 30 other child performers.
"Though not all children were directly affected by what happened in Mumbai, many were distressed on watching the images on television or reading about it in the papers. Youngsters today feel helpless for not being in control of their environment. My intention is to empower them and I'll do it through what I love the most," said Venkatesan.
Her family background has facilitated an easy flow of privileges. Venkatesan began training in western classical music under India's leading soprano Situ Singh Beuhler at the age of seven. Pandit Ravi Shankar is currently training her in Indian classical.
However, it's her privileged background that makes her feel even more responsible for creating opportunities for children who are not as lucky as her.
"She knows she is privileged. She’s aware of her responsibility of using it to further a cause and that's why she keeps taking up socially relevant initiatives," said her mother Lakshmi V Venkatesan.