Nikhil Thakkar
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Burlington High School student Nikhil Thakkar performed fusion music for an enthusiastic audience during the June 22 event "Make Music Harvard Square" — an event which celebrated the summer solstice with a number of different performances.

Thakkar, who will be a junior next year, sang in Spanish while playing the tabla – a traditional percussion instrument from India. The 16-year-old performed for roughly an hour and drew in a constant stream of fans singing and dancing to his music.

One such fan said it was unique to see an Indian person singing in Spanish while playing the tabla.

The event, which was inspired by the French street musical "Fête de la Musique," entertained thousands of fans from 2 p.m. until the event’s conclusion at 10 p.m.

"Make Music Harvard Square" featured a number of different musical genres, including Rock and Roll, Soul, Pop, Country, Jazz, Hip Hop, Blue Grass and Classical, among other forms. The June 22 event included more than 80 musicians across the U.S. and Canada playing on 14 different stages throughout Harvard Square.

Inspired by the "Fête de la Musique," a street music festival that started in Paris 29 years ago, the event is now celebrated under many names in over 300 cities in 108 countries.
- India New England


Burlington High School student Nikhil Thakkar performed fusion music for an enthusiastic audience during the June 22 event "Make Music Harvard Square" — an event which celebrated the summer solstice with a number of different performances.

Thakkar, who will be a junior next year, sang in Spanish while playing the tabla – a traditional percussion instrument from India. The 16-year-old performed for roughly an hour and drew in a constant stream of fans singing and dancing to his music.

One such fan said it was unique to see an Indian person singing in Spanish while playing the tabla.

The event, which was inspired by the French street musical "Fête de la Musique," entertained thousands of fans from 2 p.m. until the event’s conclusion at 10 p.m.

"Make Music Harvard Square" featured a number of different musical genres, including Rock and Roll, Soul, Pop, Country, Jazz, Hip Hop, Blue Grass and Classical, among other forms. The June 22 event included more than 80 musicians across the U.S. and Canada playing on 14 different stages throughout Harvard Square.

Inspired by the "Fête de la Musique," a street music festival that started in Paris 29 years ago, the event is now celebrated under many names in over 300 cities in 108 countries.
- India New England


Discography

1. Donde Estan Corazon
2. Mientes
3. Va Para Ti
4. Digale
5. Noviembre Sin Ti
6. Espacio Sideral
7. Quien Me Iba A Decir
8. Solo Quiero
9. No Me Doy Por Vencido
10. Dibuja Mi Nombre
11. Buleria
12. Con La Cara En Alto
13. If You Have A Dream

To download these songs, go to my blog: www.nikhilthakkar.wordpress.com or my youtube channel has a few uploaded: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqZBD7yEhDaGHdzw1-RZgA

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Bio

I am a 16 year old solo artist who does not have a recording deal nor a contract with a
big label. I make music solely out of my love for how it sounds and how it feels, as well as to inspire other adolescents. I have
combined two of my favorite aspects of life to make the music I love making: Spanish
and Tabla. For two years now, I have been teaching myself Spanish, and have been
immersing myself as much as possible in Hispanic and Latin America Culture (for
example I studied abroad as a freshman with seniors in Salamanca, Spain). Secondly,
I have been learning the Indian Percussion instrument,Tabla, for six years. In making
my music, I mesh together three cultures and create a unique fusion blend that, to my
knowledge, has not been created before. I write and compose my own Spanish and English songs that I sing to the beat of the Tabla. The purpose of my music is more than just to make music, however, but also to raise awareness for the prevention of underage drinking and drugging. I
have created a foundation that interactively educates children on the dangers of alcohol
to help them resist the ubiquitous temptations of drinking and drugging in today's world. My program reaches 30,000 students in 8 countries and I hope that with my music, I can inspire these students to do something great for the world. I have been featured on TED talks because of my work with music and the program.