Lockdown tunes—Music keeps 12-year-old Paru in high spirits

By Our Reporter

Niranjana (Paru) is 12 years old but has been singing since she was half that age. Undergoing vocal training in Indian classical music for the last 3 years, Paru has also been learning acoustic and electric guitar and plays various genres including folk, pop and Indian classical music on the guitar.

She is now training in acoustic and electric guitar under Guitar Prasanna, who is the guitarist of Oscar winning music director A R Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire fame). “I play various genres including folk, pop and Indian classical music on the guitar,” says Paru, who also plays a variety of other instruments, some of which are self-taught, like the keyboard, bass guitar, violin, electric mandolin and melodica.

Paru was invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House in November 2018, along with a 46 piece live orchestra for a fundraiser.

She has been performing Indian songs in the local community and is also the lead member of a children’s band in Berwick.

Of late, she has also shown a lot of interest to learn and perform folk songs in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and was selected to perform at the National Irish and Celtic Music festival in September 2019. “I was not just the youngest but also the only performer from a non-Irish background,” says the 12-year-old.

Paru has been appreciated by renowned folk artists like Shona Williams, Jose Garcia, Barbara Jeffrey, Sharon Start.

Catch her music on Saturday 18 April 2020 at 8pm AEDT.

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