2011 National Indian Music Competition Recognises Young Talents Under 12
The 2011 National Indian Music Competition recognised young talents this year, with a total of 12 winners in the junior category. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), this is the first year the Council has introduced a junior category for this competition, providing an opportunity for children under 12 to compete with those within their age group. Previously, participants under 12 had to take part in the competition’s intermediate category, competing with those under 18.
Says Ms Elaine Ng, Director for Sector Development, NAC, “The inclusion of a junior category, allowed younger talents to compete and interact among their peers for a more meaningful and memorable competition experience. We wanted to provide more opportunities for children with musical talents to develop their skills and knowledge further and motivate them to pursue their artistic interests. We are encouraged by the keen interest shown by the junior category participants this year.”
A total of 153 budding musicians, from as young as 8, battled it out over the six-day competition from 13 to 18 June. The first prize winners of each category received trophies and cash prizes ranging from $400 to $1000. Honourable mentions, with $100 cash prizes, were also awarded to deserving finalists. The winners received prizes from Mr Hri Kumar Nair, President of the Advisory Board for the Singapore Indian Education Trust (SIET).
Please see Annex A for the complete list of competition winners.
Please see Annex B for photos of first prize winners who performed at the Prize Winners’ concert held on Saturday, 18 June 2011.
About the National Indian Music Competition
A platform for music excellence, the National Indian Music Competition aims to develop the performing skills of young musicians in Singapore, raise musical standards and identify new music talent. It also provides opportunities for participants to perform before an international panel of adjudicators. Budding young musicians showcase their talents in Carnatic Vocal, Flute, Mridangam, Sitar, Tabla, Veena and Violin. Since the Competition began in 1998, many young musicians have benefitted from the opportunity to interact with other musicians and glean finer techniques from the adjudicators at the Master classes.
About the National Arts Council
The National Arts Council (NAC) was set up as a Statutory Board in September 1991 to spearhead the development of the arts in Singapore. Its mission is to nurture the arts and make it an integral part of people’s lives in Singapore. Anchored on the twin strategies of excellence and engagement in the arts, the Council aims to build a vibrant arts sector by creating a conducive environment where the arts is accessible to all and artistic talents have the necessary resources and capabilities to excel and achieve sustainability in the long term.