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08 June 2010

Naga Girls Tops Berklee College of Music Exam

Dimapur, Jun 8 : Nagaland has added one more feather in its cap in the filed of music.

This time, Sentirenla Lucia Panicker of Dimapur scored ‘A’ grade in all her subjects in Music from the most prestigious institution ‘Berklee College of Music’, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.

She did her major in ‘Performance’ and also won the annual award ‘The Sylvia Zunz Endowed Scholarship’.

It was a wonderful moment for her when she was selected to perform on May 7 at Berklee 2010 Commencement Concert.

Out of 862 students who had graduated, only few were selected to sing ‘Naima’, a sad song of the difficult days of the Blacks in South Africa, sung by the famous South African singer and producer, ‘Angelique Kidjo’, who herself was present at the concert.

It was to Lucia’s credit that Angelique walked up to her and hugged her in front of the audience saying “You brought tears to my eyes” and signed her autograph.
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Lucia Panicker (right) performing at the Berklee 2010 Commencement Concert, and left, being hugged by the famous South African singer and producer, ‘Angelique Kidjo’ after a touching performance.

Lucia started singing at the age of 9 and also sang for an English channel ‘No kidding’ for Doordashan, besides lending her voice for advertisements in various TV channels.

It was her luck that in 2006 while she was studying in International College of Music in Malaysia, a team from Berklee College of Music visited the campus to select students and Lucia was among the two selected under ICOM in 2006 with a scholarship for four years due to her excellent performance.

She was also among the 3 students who were selected to sing at the swearing in ceremony of the governor or Massachusetts in 2009, where President Barack Obama paid a short visit.

Lucia is the daughter of Bobby Panicker and Narola Nokden, and resides in Diphupar, Dimapur.
Lucia wants to build a career in music for few years in USA and sing gospel songs in memory of her late grandfather Padmashree Nokdenlemba Ao, and then to return to Dimapur to support young talented boys and girls in the field of music.

[ via Nagaland Post ]


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