National Indian Music Competition Introduces Junior Category


National Indian Music Competition Introduces Junior Category


Registration has opened and closes on 15 February 2011


Aspiring young Indian musicians aged 12 and below can look forward to competing within their age group for the 7th edition of the National Indian Music Competition (NIMC) in 2011 with the introduction of a Junior Category. Previously, those aged 12 and below who wanted to compete were taking part in the Intermediate Category for participants aged 18 and below. The Junior Category will run alongside the Intermediate and Open Categories, the latter being open to participants aged 30 and below.


The NIMC serves as a platform for excellence in Indian classical music at a national level. It aims to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, raise music standards and identify talent. It also creates an opportunity for young musicians to be assessed by an international panel of experts on their stage performance and presence. First organised in 1998 by the National Arts Council (NAC), the competition has been a biennial event for the past six seasons since its debut. It will now be held every three years, with the 7th edition of NIMC to take place in June 2011.


“The new inclusion of a Junior Category will allow younger talent to compete and interact among peers for a more meaningful and memorable competition experience. There are many musically inclined children and we want to provide opportunities for those with potential to develop their capabilities further. The competition as well as the exposure serves as an impetus to encourage them to pursue their interest in music,” said Elaine Ng, director of Arts Development in NAC.


The 7th NIMC will continue to have diverse categories for budding talents to shine. They include a Solo Section and an Ensemble Section. For the Solo Section, participants can choose to take part in seven different categories – Carnatic Vocal, Veena, Violin, Flute, Mridangam, Sitar and Tabla.


The competition will be held at the Esplanade Recital Studio from 13 to 19 June 2011, and will culminate in a Prizewinners’ Concert and master classes. Tickets for the master classes and concert will go on sale in April 2011.


Registration for the competition has opened and will close on 15 February 2011. For more details, please visit the NAC website:


Please refer to the Annex for the fact sheet on 2011 National Indian Music Competition.