S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Friday, 23 December 2016


 An exciting opportunity for emerging Carnatic vocalists below 25 

TAG Corporation and Karnatic Music Forum, both involved in promoting Carnatic music, and Sruti, India’s premier performing arts monthly, join hands once again to conduct the third edition of the annual Talent Hunt to spot five top voices in the field of Carnatic music.

The TALENT HUNT will be held from 9th to 14th January 2017 at TAG Centre, Alwarpet, Chennai.

Applications are invited from young, aspiring vocalists looking for opportunities in the Carnatic music performance space. The applications must be accompanied by the applicant’s biodata and audio CD to the address given below:

Mrs. Usha Bharadwaj, Coordinator, D1/9, Anand Apartments, 50, LB Road, Tiruvanmiyur, Chennai – 41 or by mail at musicforum.chennai@gmail.com

Out of the applicants, 18 will be selected to perform for an hour each during the January 2017 event. The top five voices of 2017 to be selected by a panel of experts, will each receive prize money of Rs.5000 and a citation.

  • The artists must be below the age of 25 as on 1st January 2017. 
  • The CD must contain one classical kriti with raga alapana, niraval and Kalpana swaras for a maximum duration of 25 minutes, and a light classical song. The total duration of the CD should not exceed 30 minutes. 
  • December 26, 2016 will be the last date for receipt of applications.
  • During the hour-long performance, the selected applicant is expected to present a mini concert that will include raga alapana, niraval and kalpana swaras.
  • Proper vocalisation will be an all-important criterion in selecting the top five. Open-mouthed, akaram-oriented singing will be a must.

Violin and percussion accompaniment, to be provided by the organizers.

The organizers’ decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entertained.

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