Visakhapatnam: Eleven-year-old Vivek Varughese Raju demonstrating his skills as choir master is leaving a mark on those attending Sunday prayers at the Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Visakhapatnam. Little Raju, studying Class VII at the Timpany School in the city, is a child prodigy in his own right and earned his accolades in various spheres such as academics, chess, music and science projects.
Showing a passion for chess at the tender age of 3, he got himself elevated to the status of a district-level chess tournament champion in later years. As a testimony to his mathematical skills, he got a silver medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad some time ago. He recently created a 3D hologram projector with basic household materials, which could turn any ordinary phone into a 3D projector, drawing the attention of Vizagites. He also served as a junior vice-captain for his school in 2015.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Raju’s parents G.V. Raju and Dr A. Anuradha explained their son’s journey: “Initially, he was very keen on becoming a professional chess player. In later years, he began to display an impressive aptitude for music. He also developed unique and expressive composing abilities. Once he took a fancy to music, he never looked back and has completed ‘Grade 4’ in keyboard playing. He has also mastered drums and the guitar. He wants to settle down as a musician, and we will extend our support. Besides performing well in academics, he has been exceptional in painting and other art forms,” his parents said.
Drawing inspiration from Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty and music maestro A.R. Rahman, Raju wants to become a professional sound engineer cum musician. “I’m currently being trained under master Lionel for keyboard playing. I want to take admission to A.R. Rahman's K.M. Music Conservatory in Chennai. This is possible only after I complete age 16. After graduating in engineering, I will opt for specialised courses in audio engineering etc to develop my skills,” he added....