National Indian Music Competition 2008 Classical Luminaries to Inspire Young Musicians


National Indian Music Competition 2008  


Classical Luminaries to Inspire Young Musicians


2 to 6 September 2008


Drama Centre


Five celebrated classical musicians from India will lend their expertise as adjudicators to the 2008 National Indian Music Competition (NIMC).  Young musicians will compete before the international jury for cash prizes totaling $27,500.


The adjudicators are Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Grammy Award-winning creator of the mohan veena, an Indianised form of the Hawaiian guitar; Lalgudi G J R Krishnan of the famed Lalgudi family of violin maestros; and the multi-talented composer and chitravia expert, Chitravina Ravikiran. Also on the panel are revered musician and teacher, Neyveli Santhanagopalan and acclaimed mridangam performer, Neyveli R Narayanan. These music specialists will be conducting masterclasses on 6 September to share their knowledge and skills with music enthusiasts.  These masterclasses also serve as a platform for selected Competition participants to perform.


Organised by the National Arts Council sine 1998, the NIMC provides a platform to identify potential music talent, and for aspiring musicians to develop their performing skills and raise their musical standards. The 2008 Competition comprises the Intermediate Category for tabla, mridangam, flute, violin, and carnatic vocal; and an Open Category for tabla, veena, violin, and carnatic vocal. This year’ competition has attracted 66  entries.


There will be 2 rounds of Competition – Preliminary and Final.  Finalists will be required to perform with accompanists in the Final.  The Open Category Final will take place on the last day of the Competition, leading directly to the Prize Presentation Ceremony. Selected first prize winners of the Intermediate Category will also get an opportunity to perform at the Ceremony.


The Guest-of-Honour for the Prize Presentation Ceremony on 5 September 2008 is RAdm (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications & the Arts, and for Education.   


Admission to the Competition rounds and Prize Presentation Ceremony is free. Tickets for masterclasses are priced at $5 per class and are now available from SISTIC.


Annex 1: Competition details


Annex 2: Profiles of Adjudicators