By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 19 May: The current pandemic has challenged the old world order but has also created space wherein many youngsters can explore creative pursuits.
Sixteen year old Naomi Nauriyal is one such youngster who loves to dabble in the performing arts.
A Kathak dancer, pianist, actor, singer, and budding poet, Naomi loves to explore various skills in her leisure time.
On 20 May, Naomi will introduce to her friends another medium that has caught her fancy. She will launch her YouTube channel, titled ‘The Naomi Nauriyal Show’, featuring the heartthrob of the nation, Jubin Nautiyal.
“I have known him for years and am his biggest fan. He has inspired me to take up music as a hobby and so I decided to have a small conversation with him on my new show,” states the class 11 student of The Asian School. “Though I am shy and a little held back in this, I am now geared to give my best shot in the future. Jubin Bhaiyya was quite a sport. When I was nervous, he said I should be happy as I was a natural before the camera. I will only do these interactions if I am inspired and excited about knowing more about any celebrity or achiever,” she adds.
Naomi aspires to be an actor and pianist as well and feels that the lockdown has given her a lot of time to hone her talent.
She has featured in a festival film, titled ‘The Girl’ by Shaswati Talukdar, played a few other roles, and is poised to take up acting in due course.
“I want to do many things in life and Kathak is one of my passions. I have done a couple of stage shows with my Kathak Guru, Namrata Rai, and also with famous danseuse and social worker Arushi Pokhriyal. Hope I am also able to play the piano like a pro someday,” she declares.
Naomi reveals that she is also fond of writing and reciting poems. “I have already uploaded some of my poems on YouTube. The last one was on the desecration of the Dehradun Clock Tower. They have removed the antique clock and replaced it with an electronic one. I hope they do not cut the wonderful huge ancient tree next to it. That will be a great loss and will break my heart,” she laments.