Piano prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram stuns judges on CBS’ ‘The World’s Best,’ moves onto next round

Chennai-born Lydian Nadhaswaram, 12, recently left people speechless with his exceptional piano performance at ‘The World’s Best’ on CBS.

He attempted to play ‘The Flight of the Bumblebee’ by composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov which is known to be difficult owing to its chaotic and rapidly changing tune like that of a bumblebee’s flight.

Lydian first started playing at normal speed, which was in itself impressive. But then he took on the challenge to play it in faster variations.

He first increased the speed up to 280 beats per minute, aced it, then increased it to 325, and aced it again effortlessly!His unbelievable performance left the judges and the audience in shock who called him a “scene stealer”.

The new one-of-a-kind talent competition on CBS features an all-star line-up and elite acts from across the globe.The ten-episode series hails from Mike Darnell (“American Idol”) and Mark Burnett (“The Voice”).

Emmy Award-winning talk show host James Corden is hosting the show on which Golden Globe Award winner Drew Barrymore, Emmy Award winner RuPaul Charles and Grammy Award winner Faith Hill serve as the three American judges.

Performers not only have to impress the American judges but also need to impress the “wall of the world,” featuring 50 experts from around the globe – including celebrated Indian American choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan – and every field of entertainment to advance through the competition.

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