Aanya Khatri - Back to Music

By Patrick McGee

Aanya Khatri is proud to show off the medals and trophies she’s won for music. And for good reason. The 8-year-old is a talented violinist.

When she was just 2 years old, she was fascinated by a family friend playing the violin. She wanted to play, too.

Now she practices every day and takes music classes at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas. She has recently worked her way up to playing Violin Concerto No. 5 by Seitz and can play several instantly recognizable scores from famous movies.

Aanya leads by example: She inspired her younger sister, Kavya, to also take up the violin. They both play smaller versions of the instrument, which are made for children but have the same proportions and number of strings as a regularsized violin.

When Aanya was 6 months old, a skin test revealed she was allergic to all nuts including peanuts and sesame. She is a patient at Children’s Medical Center Food Allergy Center and is participating in one of the center’s allergy desensitization trials. She has been eating peanut flour mixed with applesauce every day for two years.

The concoction is deemed “yucky” by the Irving girl, but it has helped her work her way up to being able to tolerate up to three peanuts. Building up such tolerance is important because peanuts are mixed in with so many foods it’s hard to get through life without accidentally eating peanuts at some point – and allergic reactions can be severe.

Like most second-graders, Aanya is too busy to worry about every morsel she puts in her mouth. Besides violin, she also enjoys ballet, swimming and chess.


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