Song of Surrender

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Five voices for the future identified

TAG-Music Forum-Sruti Talent Hunt
By V Ramnarayan

To our great pleasure, the triad of Tag Centre, Karnatik Music Forum and Sruti succeeded in unearthing some promising vocalists at the end of our six-day long talent search in January 2015 at the TAG Centre. Out of the 18 voices shortlisted from among 70-odd applicants (by listening to their CDs), five were selected by a three-member jury of vidushis Seetha Narayanan, Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam and Jayalakshmi Sekhar.

The selection was based on the percentile method styled the BITS Pilani method by RT Chari – the founder of the TAG group – whose brainchild the whole programme ‘Five for the Future’ was. Impartiality was ensured by the complete absence of discussion among the judges as well as the organisers. The marksheets were, for instance, collected from the judges, who sat far apart, immediately after each 55-minute concert. Surprisingly, an audience poll showed very similar results.

The most delightful aspect of the results was the emergence of singers from outside Chennai as the top five voices. They were Anupam Shankar (Delhi), Harikrishnan (Ernakulam), Kruti Bhat (USA), Mahathi (Calicut), and Sivaganesh (Bengaluru).

The selected vocalists received cash awards of Rs. 5000 each and a promise that two of them would be featured in TAG’s Future Maestros series of concerts. The next eight participants will be automatically allowed to take part in next year’s Five for the Future.

1 comment:

  1. Is it possible to have the recording of the voices of these budding artists ?