8th edition of the National Indian Music Competition attracts highest number of entries


Singapore, 21 June 2014 – The 8th edition of the National Indian Music Competition ended on a high note following five days of intense competition. The competition received a total of 182 entries for the 8 Solo Section categories, including 25 entries in the new Hindustani Vocal category. Organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), this triennial competition attests to the highest standard of Indian classical music in Singapore, and remains as an important platform to celebrate our tradition and heritage through recognising our nation’s finest talent in the arena of traditional Indian classical music.


2          Says Elaine Ng, Director for Sector Development (Performing Arts), “The introduction of a new Hindustani Vocal category allowed for more young talent to be included in the competition, showcasing the range and richness of Indian classical music. We were encouraged by the growing interest in this competition from participants of all ages – and we had our youngest-ever contestant at the age of 7 years old! I hope that the competition will open doors and provide new opportunities for these talented young individuals to nurture their craft and reach greater heights in their music careers.”


3          Says R.S. Jayalakshmi, on behalf of the panel of adjudicators, “The National Arts Council’s efforts to organise a national competition focused solely on Indian classical music is a most wonderful initiative. On behalf of my colleagues on the panel of adjudicators, we thank the NAC for organising such an event. We appreciate that opportunities are given to all age groups and musical categories, accomplished musicians from India are involved in the judging, and that the overall competition process is very effectively managed. We hope that such an initiative will continue to provide the best environment to nurture aspiring musicians, and encourage the growth of the Indian classical music scene in Singapore.”


4          In addition to the top prize winners of each category, Aarthi Devarajan and Meenakshy Jyothish from the Carnatic Vocal Open Category also received Honourable Mentions. For the full list of winners, please refer to the attached Appendix.


5          To close the competition season, a series of master classes will be conducted on 22 June. Open to the public, these master classes are an exclusive opportunity for budding enthusiasts and musicians alike to learn from renowned practitioners in Indian classical music from around the world. Some of these well-regarded gurus include Chhote Rahimat Khan, R.S. Jayalakshmi, S. Sowmya, Sikkil Mala Chandrasekhar, Srimushnam V. Raja Rao and Sriram Parasuram.