After dazzling judges and audiences around the world right from his first performance on CBS’ The World’s Best, 13-year-old piano prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram went on to emerge the winner of the US reality show and bagging the $1 million prize.
Nadhaswaram, who is a student of the music maestro A R Rahman’s Chennai-based KM Music Conservatory, pipped South Korea's Kukkiwon a.k.a The Flying Taekwondo Masters and won the $1 million prize.
Nadhaswaram performed two piano medleys and impressed the judges and audience alike. Faith Hill, RuPaul Charles and Drew Barrymore were the front line judges on The World's Best and they had 50 other world judges with them to make the final call. The show was hosted by James Corden.
The final tally of points was Kukkiwon at 63 and Lydian at 84. Lydian was accompanied by his father, music director Varshan Satish as he received his award. Drew Barrymore and a couple of more judges were in tears when Lydian was announced as the winner of the show.
After news broke, A R Rahman went to Lydian's home with a bouquet of flowers and did a live session on Twitter, where Lydian's family gives a warm welcome to the music maestro and later Lydian even plays a beautiful tune on the piano for him.