City pian­ist rep­re­sents In­dia at Sin­ga­pore sem­i­nar

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SEA­WOODS: In the 17 years she spent as a pi­ano teacher, 41-year-old Bela Pe­shat­ti­war had never imag­ined that she would get a chance to rep­re­sent her coun­try at an in­ter­na­tional event. How­ever, on Oc­to­ber 24, Pe­shat­ti­war got the chance to rep­re­sent In­dia at the Mu­sic Learn­ing Live! Asia Fringe pro­gramme which was held in Sin­ga­pore.

Pe­shat­ti­war has been a teacher at the Eu­phony Cen­tre of Per­form­ing Arts, Sea­woods, since 2009. “I at­tended the con­fer­ence with my 14-year-old daugh­ter La­vanya and it was a mes­meris­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for both of us. The event was held to spread­ing a mes­sage that mu­sic is for all and there are no pre-req­ui­sites for learn­ing any form of mu­sic,” she said.

Eu­phony is run by Pe­shat­ti­war, a chemist by pro­fes­sion and a mu­si­cian by pas­sion, and her team of teach­ers. The syl­labus is based on the Trin­ity Guild­hall School of Mu­sic, Lon­don. “Eu­phony is the only cen­tre to teach, ‘Rock N Pop’ syl­labus of Trin­ity Guild­hall for Singing, Gui­tar and Drums,” said Pe­shat­ti­war.

At the con­fer­ence, the pian­ist saw pre­sen­ta­tions by em­i­nent mu­sic teach­ers across the world who spoke on var­i­ous topics from the world of mu­sic.

Pe­shat­ti­war stressed on the prin­ci­ples she re-learned at the con­fer­ence and that mu­sic should oc­cupy a place in chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion. “Par­ents al­ways want their child to be a doc­tor or an engi­neer, No one en­cour­ages them to be­come mu­si­cians. But I want to tell all par­ents to get chil­dren en­rolled in mu­sic classes at the right age and see how it can work won­ders for the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the child,” she said.

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Bela Pe­shat­ti­war was in Sin­ga­pore on Oc­to­ber 24.

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