Thirteen-year-old student of Rewachand Bhojwani Academy in Pune Camp, Aniruddha Pandit, has become one of the two recipients from Maharashtra of the central government-sponsored CCRT (Centre for Cultural Resources and Training) scholarship for the year 2015 for his achievements in playing tabla.
The scholarship pays a fixed stipend to both the awardee student as well as the guru (instructor) on a monthly basis for two years and is renewable after every two years till the completion of the first University degree stage of education.
The Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme aims at providing facilities to outstanding young children to develop their talents in various fields of art. Children in the age group of 10 to 14 years, studying either in recognised schools or belonging to families practising traditional art forms, are eligible for the scholarship.
Meanwhile, Aniruddha, who is a fifth generation artiste in his family, has learnt playing the tabla from his father Mukund Pandit and is inspired by his father’s guru Pandit Nayan Ghosh.
“My son started his musical journey at the age of four years and gave his first solo performance when he was barely six years old. He has performed in many cities and we are grateful for this scholarship as it is a reflection of his hard work and talent,” said Mukund Pandit.
Aniruddha, who aspires to be an artiste of international repute hasn’t restricted his talents to tabla alone and believes in hard work.
“I am also learning to play the harmonium and synthesizer as I like learning to play new musical instruments. I practice from 4 am to 6 am before school and 3 pm to 6 pm after school as I know regular practice and hard work is important,” says the young artiste.