Music beyond Words
India was celebrating 50 years of its independence. While most of the nation would be bathing in patriotism, I saw a moustached man from Greece own India’s most iconic monument in a way the 7 year-old in me thought wasn’t possible. All he had was a grand piano, a few keyboards and an orchestra. As the sun set on Yanni’s performance at the Taj that night, something had clicked. For the next few years, I couldn’t help but gasp every time at the sight and sound of a piano. No other instrument had that effect on me. Six years later, I finally took out my grandmother’s 49 key Panasonic synthesizer, dusted it off, and set upon a journey that has been fulfilling beyond words.
The synthesizer, and in the last couple of years the piano, have been a massive source of strength and support in my daily life. The internet is a treasure trove of fantastic learning resources, and I made as much of it as I could. I was fortunate to receive some very sound advice when I was an infant on this journey. A wise man told me “if you really want to do something with music, start making your own.” I have tried to follow his advice ever since, and though I’m still very, very young on this journey, it is immensely gratifying to be able to convert your emotions into a piece of music.
I moved into Chennai just this February and was looking to finally get some formal education in Western Music. I’m extremely glad I made the choice to join AWM. I’m being coached and mentored by two fantastic people in my teacher and the CEO, and I hope to make the most of this welcome opportunity.
Sarthak Krishna Dev
Piano Student –Academy of Western Music