For the love of Music: Tripura child genius’s journey from drum-beat to Bollywood

For the love of Music: Tripura child genius’s journey from drum-beat to Bollywood

AGARTALA, May 19: When toys mean excitement for boys of his age, 8 year old Anshuman Nandi however, couldn’t think about anything else the moment his hands held the drumsticks.

It was a plaything to him till the sticks landed him to a world of applauds. Climbing the ladder of appreciation for his startling performance in music world at a tender age, he has made a debut in a Bollywood movie – Hindi Medium that was released today (May 19).

This eight-year-old boy of Tripura has already made a place in everyone’s heart.

Preferring to express himself through drumsticks, the child prodigy would be seen playing the role of ‘Mohan’, a school boy in Hindi Medium. It took five months to complete the shoot.

Directed by Saket Chaudhury and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Bhushan Kumar, the movie revolves around a story of middle-class couple (played by Irrfan Khan and Pakistani actress Saba Qamar) who tries to ensure their daughter best education in an English medium school. Besides, Amrita Singh, Neha Dhupia and Sanjay Suri would also be seen in the movie.

Four schools of Delhi and few places of Mumbai were selected for the shoot.

Speaking about his role, his father Biswajit Nandi said that Mohan, a slum-dweller, struggled to get entry into an English medium school but his seat was compromised due to his poverty.

“We got a call from assistant director –Jatin Bajaj for an audition last year. His performances broadcast in various national channels and hope, he also saw them. We did the audition here and sent the record to them. Like Anshuman’s drum beating performances, they also liked his audition and chosen him for the movie,” Nandi said.

Shy in nature, when asked, the little star said he had enjoyed shooting for the movie, but liked much in playing drums.

“Yes, I would love to act in movies in future. But I love my drumsticks more,” Anshuman said.

Music rhythm runs through his veins. Anshuman’s father Biswajit Nandi is  a professional drummer while his mother Reshmi Nandi is a known singer.

“He was only nine months when he first started playing with my drumsticks which he thought as a plaything. Initially, I ignored this, but later I found him beating the sticks with rhythm. After beating floor, furniture, his eyes moved to the drums,” Biswajit Nandi told Priyanka Deb Barman.

Well, this was just the beginning for the child to emerge as ‘rare talent’ in the country.

He was just three years old when he had mesmerized the whole nation through his performance in Colours Television’s ‘India’s Got Talent’ in Mumbai in 2012. He was invited to show his skill by NDTV the next year that was attended by former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai.

He was the youngest contestant in the show.

He did receive a lot of gifts especially a cricket bat signed by the master blaster after his performance in the event that was organized at Yash Chopra Film Studio in Mumbai.

He was also selected for national award for his outstanding performance in music by Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare when he was just five years and nine days old.


He was honoured with a silver medal and a cash prize of Rs. 10,000.

He also got appreciations from famed musicians – Haimanti Shukla, Kumar Sanu, Kaushiki Chakraborty and Joy Sarkar when he showed his skill with his fingers as an opening artist in Zee Bangla’s ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.’

He also had enthralled audience by playing drums at a stretch for 1 hour and 30 minutes in ‘Zee Wonder Kids’ telecast by Zee TV. He also took part in the concert with eminent drummer Amit Khilan.

Even the then Union Minister for Human Resource Development – Smriti Irani was spellbound after seeing the child prodigy’s performance in Netaji Indoor Stadium Rotary Club in Kolkata by Rotary Club.

In 2014, Anshuman’s magical hands had enthralled Assam in two concerts with famous ‘Bhupen Hazarika Band’ and famous singer Papon alias, Angaraag Mohanta.

Soaked in his exceptional performance, Assam’s Governor P.B Acharya had offered him an instant scholarship of Rs. 10,000.

(By Priyanka Deb Barman — The writer can be reached at 



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