The next episode of BYJU’S Young Genius will feature child prodigies – 14-year-old violinist Anthea Dias and 12 years old founder and CEO of Anti-bullying Squad, Anoushka Jolly.
Anthea Dias the only Indian who has participated in and won the silver medal (U-14 Category) at the International Piano, Violin & Guitar Competition held by Progressive Musicians (Progressive Musicians is a world-renowned organization who conduct annual competitions).
This year only 11 kids made it to the top in the category of 11 –14. Anthea is set to perform as a violinist at the famous Carnegie Hall, New York. She will be the youngest Indian to do so.
Anthea started learning the violin when she was just 6 years old. She completed the prestigious ATCL level 4 diploma in violin by the Trinity College of Music, London. She plays for over 4 hours every day and has performed at many shows, including accompaniment in a concert by renowned Austrian Pianist and conductor MatheusFletzbergerin 2019.
Anthea is one of the few violinists -and currently the youngest in India -to achieve recognition for western classical style. She can easily play complex arrangements like Zigeurnerweisen(Gypsy Airs) Op.20, Grieg Sonata No.3, Op.45 -Movement one, and Mozart concerto No.3 in G-major. Committed and talented, Anthea’s goal is to bring fame to India as a music maestro.
Anoushka is a 12 years old founder and CEO of Anti-bullying Squad which is a social enterprise against bullying. They aim to reduce bullying in schools and campuses and spread awareness about the same. Anti-Bullying Squad (ABS) is a web platform that organises individual one-on-one sessions in schools, with the help of experts. The platform also allows people to take a pledge and get ABS merchandise. Through ABS, Anoushka has also been spreading awareness about body positivity, self love and cyber bullying. Within a year of its existence, ABS has reached out and helped 500 plus students in India
At an annual day at school, Anoushka’s best friends decided to bully a six-year-old girl. They started calling her names and laughing at her. Anoushka says when she looked at the girl, she saw a helpless, terrified, and sad little girl, and her heart melted. She never forgot that incident. And that’s how the idea was born.
Anoushka’s empathy gave birth to a social enterprise and it is wonderful that someone just at the age of 9 had the maturity and compassion to see bullying for what it is. More power to her.
You can watch this episode of Byju’s Young Genius award tomorrow at 7:30 pm on CNN News18 and 7 pm on News18 India.