Haricharan, a talented 17-year-old singer. His success story is no flash in the pan. Besides guidance from his father, systematic training has honed his voice and musical instinct. So when the big break came, he was ready for it. "My first concert was at age 10 when I performed before M. S. Subbulakshmi and my guru, K. V. Narayanaswami, but I was too young to be nervous ... probably a good thing," says Haricharan, who has performed at several sabhas. He values his stage shows with Abaswaram Ramji's "Isai Mazhalai" troupe as a great learning experience.