The Brijbhoomi, known for the birthplace of Lord Krishna, the ghats of Yamuna, the pedas and various prominent temples and religious Brijwasis, has more to it rather than just prayers and spiritual devotion. The holy city has been deeply gifted by the wealth of knowledge, talent and confidence visible among the youths of the city making them an identifiable name on the national and the international arena.

The city boasts of good English medium convent and non-convent schools which have produced the best nourished talents of the nation. Other than the usual trend of a good number of selections in IITs, the youngsters of Mathura have earned recognition in the glamour world too.

The memories of Hemant Brijwasi winning the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2009 on Zee TV channel are still fresh in the mind of the natives of the holy city. The Vrindavan teenager learned music from his father and earned acclaim from some widely known genius like Wadali brothers, Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle, Khayyam and Anand.

Mohit Baghel, the finalist of Chote Miyan Laughter Challenge and the runner-up of Chote Miyan Bade Miyan on Colours channel made him a household name in the world of mimicry and stand-up comedy. This 2009 batch St Paul’s pass-out has also acted in the film ‘Ready’ starring Salman Khan and Asin and is now working on various projects in Mumbai.

Moving towards the adjoining Taj city of Agra, Sparsh Shrivastava, the 11-year old dancing star and the winner of the hit reality show Chak Dhoom Dhoom 2010 on Colours TV channel made hearts beat faster with his victory. The young talent factory not just learned under the best guidance of eminent choreographer Saroj Khan, Ahmad Khan, Bosco and Caeser but was awarded by the Khiladi superstar Akshay Kumar on his win.

The recent developments have not just been a coincidence but the city has always produced the best talents. Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Indian shooter who completed his intermediate in Commerce stream from Kendriya Vidyalaya Mathura Refinery Nagar won the silver medal in Men's Double Trap at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and became the first Indian (post independence) to win an individual silver. In the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, he won the Individual Gold Medal setting a new Commonwealth Games Record, 192 targets out of 200, which still stands. With Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Shri and Arjuna Award up to his name, the vastness of the talent in Brijwasis has surprised many.

JPN