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Teen prodigy to raise funds for 26/11 victims

india Updated: Jan 07, 2009 16:42 IST

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She is all of 13, but teen prodigy Tara Venkatesan is not just gifted to create classic pieces of music, but also sensitive enough to hold a concert to raise funds for the child victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

A soprano singer whose repertoire includes Western Classical, Indian Classical, Broadway and Opera pieces of Mozart and Bach, Venkatesan has been performing since the age of eight and has performed for a number of diplomats and dignitaries, both in India and abroad.

Her latest concert, to be held Jan 16 in the capital, will be for a special cause - to help underprivileged children and those who have been victims to the Mumbai terror attack last November.

"The theme song of my concert Just Wave Hello says let your dreams be wings that fly as far as the stars. After any terror attack, not only do the victims need help but also the other members of the community so as to instil a feeling of togetherness in the time of distress and that of hope," said Venkatesan, a Class 8 student of the American International School here.

"Through my concert, I want music to bring harmony and give hope to the children who are time and again shattered and shocked at the rude turn of events every time there is a blast or a terrorist attack in their vicinity," she said.

This is not the first time that Venkatesan, who is the granddaughter of former president R. Venkataraman, has seized the opportunity to entertain people in order to help the less privileged.

Her initiative Music-4 Kids by Kids is an avenue to do just the same.

Presented by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and the Neemrana Music Foundation, the concert - dedicated to the child victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks - will be all about Broadway hits, Opera Arias and various dances.