Record Number of Entries for National Indian Music Competition


National Indian Music Competition 2004


~ 6-11 September 2004 ~


A total of 103 entries were received from Singapore’s burgeoning pool of Indian music talents, vying for top honours in the biennial National Indian Music Competition 2004.  This is the highest number of entries since the competition began in 1998, with a modest 18.  The Competition has continually seen a significant increase in participation rates, with 33 entries in 2000 and 53 in 2002.


Organised by the National Arts Council, the National Indian Music Competition provides a platform to develop the performing skills of musicians in Singapore, improve their musical standards, identify potential musical talents and provide opportunities for musicians to perform in a competitive environment.   


The impressive 96% increase in entries as compared to the previous Competition may be attributed to the new initiatives implemented to keep pace with the rising interest in the local Indian classical music scene. Percussive instruments like tabla and mridangam were included in the Competition for the first time, to recognise the growing pool of performers and also to profile the depth and diversity of Indian music instruments.


“We are very pleased with the over-whelming response to this year’s competition.  It shows there is a considerable talent pool in local Indian classical music, waiting to be nurtured.  The healthy appeal and appreciation of this ethnic art form augurs well as the National Arts Council continues to invest in a sustainable arts ecosystem which embraces both traditional and contemporary arts,” said Ms Elaine Ng, Deputy Director of Arts Cluster Division at the National Arts Council.


Of the 103 entries, 95 were for solo performance and 8 were for ensemble.  A panel of four distinguished adjudicators comprising Ms Rajeswari Rajaretnam (violin/vocals), Mrs Jyoti Thakar (sitar/tabla), Mrs Srimathi Revathy Krishna (veena) and Prof T V Gopalakrishnan (vocals/mridangam) will judge the respective Competition categories. 


The adjudicators have also been invited to conduct Master classes for sitar, veena, violin, vocal (carnatic), tabla and mridangam on 10 September 2004 in conjunction with the Competition.  Selected participants of the competition will be invited to perform during the Master classes. 


Selected 1st prize winners of each category will find an immediate platform to showcase their talents in the Prize Winners’ Concert on 11 September 2004 at the Victoria Theatre.  Held together with the prize presentation ceremony, prize winners will perform a work of their choice from their Competition repertoire.


All competition rounds, the Prize Winners’ Concert and Master classes are open to the public.  Admission to the competition rounds is free.  Tickets at $5 for the Concert and $5 per person per session for the Master classes are available at the competition venues during the competition period as well as at the doors. 


Complete information on the competition can be found in the annexes.



  • Annex 1 – Competition details
  • Annex 2 – Profiles of Adjudicators


For public enquiries, please contact:


Ms Melissa Lim

Music Manager

DID: 6837 9515 Email:


Ms Su-Ling C Yee

Assistant Director, Music

DID: 6837 9823 Email: