After the successful prelims at Dimapur, Shillong and Guwahati, the Grand Finale for Casio The Pianist Season 3 was held at the Assam State Museum Auditorium in Guwahati on 18th February.
After judgement by the Prelims judges, eighteen participants in total were selected for the Finale, two from Dimapur, eight from Shillong and another eight from Guwahati.
Nationally and internationally acclaimed musician such as Anil Srinivasan, pianist and music editor; Abraham Samuel George, television performer and music director; and Lain Heringman, pianist, composer and multi-Instrumentalist were the judges of the grand finale.
The winner of junior category was Gyaan D Bhuyan from Guwahati, and senior category was Aosen Jamir from Dimapur. The winner for the ‘Rising star’ category was Dajied Kyrpang Suchiang from Shillong. The winners were awarded with certificates, medals and casio digital pianos worth Rs. 1.48 Lacs.
Judging the Grand Finale, Abraham Samuel George mentioned that he was very impressed with the quality of the contestants and the diversity the contestants offered and was happy to see some of the contestants performing pieces which are normally performed at some of the biggest piano events in the world.
It was a very difficult call for the judges to select the winners. On the other hand, Anil Srinivasan, an accomplished classical pianist said, ‘We must remember that you can stop looking at the West. I think the inspirations are among your own peer group. I think the part of the problem is thinking that anything that is western is necessarily better. It’s not true. One of the things to remember is that especially the east is very good at taking Indian things, packaging it and selling it back to the West. So there are a lot of things that this Indian culture has contributed to the world of music. So let’s stop looking at the West and let’s start looking at each other.’
Lain Heringman sharing his experience mentioned, ‘It’s been an absolute delight. We heard some incredible pieces tonight. I was privileged to be part of Season 2, and in Season 3. I see some familiar faces and some new faces. There’s been huge improvement from last year’s familiar faces. So keep it up and keep practicing. I think this is a wonderful platform to share music and hopefully Casio can organize more such events so that youngsters and other people have a chance to perform. So well done everybody, very excited for next season!’
Casio The Pianist is an initiative of Casio India to promote the music scenario in the region and build a platform for budding musicians to showcase their talent. In the earlier years, the event was hosted in Aizawl and Shillong.
Casio India Co. Pvt. Ltd. has been operating in India since 1996 and has established the distribution channel as well as the brand for most of its products. Casio Computer Co., Ltd, Japan, the parent company of Casio India Co. Pvt. Ltd. is engaged in manufacturing and marketing various consumer products throughout the world.
Casio India’s range of products include sales and marketing of Handheld Calculators, Desktop Calculators, Scientific Calculators, Printing Calculators, Label Printers, Laser-LED based green Projectors, Wrist Watches, Clocks, ECR (Electronic Cash register) and EMI (Electronic Musical Instrument).
The company has also established service centre’s across the country to provide after-sales-service at the doorstep of the customer. Today, Casio is known for its reliable product quality and exemplary innovations and is one of the world’s most recognized brands due to its vast product range.