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I am Saarthak Bansal studying in class VIi- E, Amity International School, Mayur Vihar.

My musical journey started at the age of 4 when I started learning sitar under the guidance of my Guruji Sh. Arupratan Mukherjee. I am learning under th e lineage of Maihar Gharana of Baba Allaudin Khan Saheb. I am Baba s fourth generati on disciple. I clearly remember my initial days of learning, it was very tough to sit in a pl aying position for a long time and strings of sitar used to hurt my fingers. Bec ause of my interest and patience and guidance of my Guruji I started enjoying Si tar. I had given solo performances in prominent cultural hubs of Delhi. I feel myself lucky to get an opportunity to perform along with many legendary sitarists of I ndia at an internationally acclaimed event organized by Art of Living Foundation which marked it s entry in Guinness Book of World Record. In my school I had won t alent competitions. After my first performance at Poorva Sanskritik Kendra I per formed with Subodh Sir (our music teacher) in the school. At that time I was in class I. Now I am learning Tabla from Subodh Sir. I wanted to take computers as an activity but sir convinced me and my parents that I should take up tabla as h e wanted me to increase my knowledge and confidence in laykari and tals. I am grateful to my Guruji and my mother for their unconditional support and gui dance. I will continue to play sitar and keep on learning the finer details of t his instruments as learning is a never ending process.

Saarthak Bansal VIi - E A.I.S. Mayur Vihar Delhi