Youth Melody is a band consisting of 10 young and talented people who have found their love in music. They recently launched their first performance on the 4th of May, showcasing their versatility by performing songs in over 5 different languages including English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malyalam. The Band debut on the grand evening began with a traditional invocation by Natynivedan Group performing classical dance. Youth Melody kicked off their concert with their very own composition which exceeded the audience’s expectations and led on to the band’s Breathtaking climax, with energetic performances by all the artists to win much appreciation from the audience.
Amrith Nagaraj has had his initiation into music through his favourite drum kit under the guidance of his eminent teacher Mathew from Jam studios from the age of 8 years. Amrith is also currently learning the mridangam from his teacher Janakan Raj and is a keen cricketer. He is extending his passion for music with an enviable hand at singing various Indian and English songs. He is also a keen dancer and has played, performed and danced at various cultural events around Sydney such as Ganeshotsava. He has also performed with the Fisher’s Ghost orchestra. Amrith Nagaraj is currently studying in Year 10 at John Edmondson High School. He performs on his drums and also displays his flare at vocal renditions.
Soumya Ravikumar began her musical career at the age of 3 when she started learning Carnatic music with Smt Lakshmi Narendra. She also began learning Bharatnatyam and recently Hindustani music at Smt Aparna Nagashayana. Her passion for music has driven her endeavour in learning the acoustic guitar and piano, in which she is currently at 4th Grade of AMEB under the guidance of Alyce Cordina. Her most recent musical accomplishment is the completion of her Karnatic Vocal Arrangetram. She is currently studying in Year 11 at Hurlstone Agricultural High School, having taken Music as a subject. Soumya has performed at various concerts and cultural events around Sydney including Ganeshotsava, Tamil Sangam, competitions such as Geethavani and Sonu Nigam Cinestarr Events coming second runners up. She is also the newest and youngest member of the band Eastern Empire in Sydney.
Nikitha Murthy is a third year university student currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at UTS with majors in Human Resource Management & Finance. She completed her Diploma in Financial Planning along with her studies in 2011. Nikitha wishes to work as a Financial Analyst and teach kids after completing her education. She has been playing the piano since the age of 8 and studied Music 1 at high school. She has completed 6th grade of AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) with the guidance of Sarah McCoy. She has performed in piano concerts over the years and received an award in 2005 for best performer. She has also been singing western music with guidance of Haching, playing drums with the guidance of Atta for 1 year and is currently taking on guitar lessons.
Tanu Sridhar enjoys playing the keyboard and loves the performing arts. She has experience in Hindustani and Carnatic music as well as Bharathnatyam. Tanu has performed, accompanied and danced in a number of cultural events. After recently having graduated from Hurlstone Agricultural High School, Tanu is pursuing science and commerce at the University of New South Wales. She enjoys a number of extra-curricular activities other than playing the keyboard, including reading, netball, dance, debating and painting. Tanu hopes to extend her knowledge of playing the keyboard.
Sherwin Salins has had his musical career started as a guitar player under the guidance of teachers from Antony’s music at Liverpool. He is a keen cricketer, soccer player and an athlete having represented his school and clubs in various competitions. He represented his club in discus throw in state level competition. Sherwin is currently learning the mridungam. He is studying in year 9 at All Saints Boys College. He accompanies the group on his electric guitar and bass guitar.
Kenneth Bernard has taken to singing like a duck to water in the same footsteps as his dad Bernard. He loves his singing and his rendition of “why this kolavery” is a treat to listen to. Kenneth is also a keen guitar player having been initiated into the music field by his teacher Robert. He is currently in year 10 at the Macquarie fields high school. He has been performing throughout his primary school years on his guitar and vocal performances in venues like the Tamil Sangam and the Independence Day Mela. Kenneth’s contributions for Youth Melody are on his electric guitar and his vocal renditions.
Suraj Ravikumar had begun his journey into the world of Music when he began learning the Tabla under the guidance of his guru Smt Aparna Nagashayana at the age of 9. He has also learning to play guitar from his young and talented teacher beau. Suraj Ravikumar is currently studying in Year 9. He loves to play sports such as cricket and soccer, likes to dance and spends a lot of his time on the drums. Suraj also plays the rhythm pad, guitar and the Tabla. He has played, danced and performed at various concerts and cultural events around Sydney such as Ganeshotsava, the Malayalee Association, Tamil Mandram, Madd Night, He has performed with his fellow peers in Bhavika with his teacher at their annual events. Suraj adds versatility to Youth Melody by performing on the drums, rhythm pad, tabla, and guitar.
Shalveen Kumar has been focused on classical music for 2 years. He started to learn how to play the harmonium at the age of 6 from his guru, Kahkoli Mukerjee, who has a masters in classical music. With his passion for music having being ignited, he went on to learn to play the dholak under the guidance of his uncle 6 years later. Shalveen is a big fan of soccer and is studying his 3rd year at UWS for a combined degree of commerce and economics.
Youth Melody’s concert was enthusiastically supported by the community and everybody is credited with the success of the band in their debut. This has encouraged them to strive to expand their musical presence in the near future. Youth Melody is planning to carry out this endeavour by creating many more melodious and elaborate themes to all the music lovers out there. They will be stepping up their performances by doing what they love on a bigger platform.