Local Jazz Singer Wins YoungArts Award

17 year old Painted Post resident Sharada Shashidhar recently won a coveted YoungArts Award in Miami, Florida. Sharada, who has been performing since the age of three, won an award in the Voice Category. YoungArts, which was established in 1981, provides emerging artists with life-changing experiences and validation by renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities throughout their careers. YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for young artists. Each year, they receive thousands of applications to YoungArts from 15-18 year-old (or grades 10-12) artists, and from these, approximately 800 winners are selected.

Sharada Shashidhar

WSKG Arts profiles talented local jazz singer Sharada Shashidhar in this segment. Sharada is from Painted Post, New York but recently traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the annual Grammy Camp and this feature goes behind the scenes of her experience. Sharada even gets a surprise greeting from a music legend! It also looks at Sharada’s close knit family who have supported her musical dreams since she was barely a year old. Enjoy this Arts & Culture Short about a true local talent!