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Arvin Wins Award

  One lad’s venture into online radio project has opened doors for many youths to showcase their talent and receive recognition in the Northern Division. Shivam Lal, the founder of
31 Dec 2016 11:00
Arvin Wins Award
Radio Rishety, founder Shivam Lal (second from the left) with his members handed award to Arvin Prasad (middle) for Best Kirtan Artist of the Year in Labasa yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

 

One lad’s venture into online radio project has opened doors for many youths to showcase their talent and receive recognition in the Northern Division.

Shivam Lal, the founder of Radio Rishety, yesterday awarded Arvin Prasad for being the Best Kirtan Artist of the Year.

Kirtan is a Sanskrit word that means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” of an idea or story.

It also refers to a genre of religious performance arts, connoting a musical form of narration or shared recitation, particularly of spiritual or religious ideas.

16-year-old Shivam, originally from Sigatoka and residing in Labasa for over seven years started his online project this year.

“The purpose of this project is to promote youths’ talent and make it known,” Shivam said.

“Last month I began promoting kirtan talent through my Facebook page ‘Radio Rishety’ and Arvin’s kirtan received most likes and comments which indicated that his talent was voted as the best.

Thus, my group members and I decided to give him an award.”

Radio Rishety now has seven members, who are secondary school students, reaching out to the youths giving a chance to them to showcase their talent.

Shivam, is a Year 12 student of Labasa Sangam College and the only child living with his mother at Naodamu after his father passed away.

“From childhood I always wished to become an announcer reaching out to people with help,” he said.

“Investing my energy in this online project is the stepping stone to my career.”

Meanwhile, Arvin, a Year 12 student of Shiri Guru Nanak Khalsa College said he was surprised and excited to receive an award.

“I am very happy to know that so many people liked my talent and I thank Radio Rishety for establishing a platform where youths’ talent can be recognised,” said the Taveuni Island lad.

“Especially during this school holiday youths can spend their time to develop their talent and use this platform to promote it.”

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