The World's Best: Season 1 winner Lydian Nadhaswaram reveals he began playing blindfolded for fun to cheer his family up
The World's Best premiered on CBS recently and the reality TV competition series served fans and viewers their weekly dose of entertainment, showcasing various talent ranging from singers with high vocal ranges, to magicians, martial art experts, and rock bands.
The World's Best was hosted by talk show host James Corden. And the show's main judges were Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, and Faith Hill. The show also had 50 feature judges who were known as the 'Wall of the World', and who helped the main judges decide the winner.
After the selecting of contestants through the auditions, and then the battle rounds, and championship rounds, in the finale, mini maestro Lydian Nadhaswaram was crowned the title 'The World's Best' and he also won a sum of a million dollars. Nadhaswaram is a 13-year-old Indian pianist who hails from the city of Chennai. He is the son of Varshan Satish, a music director. In an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) Nadhaswaram revealed his plans for his winning purse, and his reception back home after he won the competition.
Starting off, Nadhaswaram spoke about how he started to play the piano blindfolded. "Normally, when I prepare a piece, I used to also play that blindfolded for fun to make my sister and family happy. I never practice blindfolded, honestly. And since everyone loves watching me play blindfolded, I am doing it without disappointing them and music lovers," said the 13-year-old pianist.
Talking about his favorite music composers, Nadhaswaram adores "Fedrick Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Han Zimmer, John Williams and Indian composers like maestro Isaignani Ilayaraja and Oscar winner AR Rahman." Practicing the piano for an average of 6-8 hours per day might be tiring, so we asked the young artist what he does during his free time to relax and he said, "I will spend time with my family and shall eat my favorite food and sleep well and also love to drive my bicycle and to watch the YouTube videos of the world's best cars and watching and learning about space and about the forests and animals."
After Nadhaswaram won the competition, Oscar award-winning musician AR Rahman called him a genius and stated he should be a music ambassador for India. When we asked Nadhaswaram what he has to say about that, he revealed, "I want to say thank you, Uncle, for the love and faith you have for me." Hailing from Chennai in India, Nadhaswaram revealed he had a happy reception once he landed back at home. "Everyone is really happy here, after my win. Everyone is blessing me and also encouraging me. All this makes me feel happy. I wish these blessings and wishes continue throughout my life."
We asked him what his plans are with the million-dollar bounty, he said, "I really don't know anything about the value of the money. My father knows better than me to handle it. I shall continue my practice and learning with all your blessings and love."