The 7th National Indian Music Competition to take place in 2011


New masterclasses between competition years


Competition will be held triennially 

Aspiring young musicians pursuing excellence in Indian classical music can look forward to hone their craft and artistry through new masterclasses conducted by world renowned music maestros this year. To implement this new initiative, the National Indian Music Competition (NIMC) will now be held every three years, with the 7th edition of NIMC to take place in June 2011. The NIMC was formerly a biennial event for the past six seasons since its debut in 1998.


The NIMC, organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), identifies talent and elevates music standards in Singapore. It also creates an opportunity for young musicians to be assessed by an international panel of experts on their stage performance and presence.


“After organising six editions of the NIMC, the NIMC Advisory Committee and NAC undertook a review of the competition framework. We have identified the need to raise the calibre and skills of our young musicians as there is room to further develop the potential of participants in the music competition. The masterclasses will help boost proficiency and prepare participants to better meet the standards expected of a national competition,” says Dr Uma Rajan, Chairperson of the 2011 NIMC Advisory Committee.


“The new masterclass programme aims to develop talent in Indian classical music and enhance the capabilities of young musicians to spur them to greater honours. Participants of the programme can expect a meaningful and inspirational musical experience,” adds Elaine Ng, Director of Arts Development, NAC.


2010 Masterclasses

The first series of masterclasses will focus on the violin and vocal categories as they have received the highest participation rate in the past few editions of the NIMC. The masterclasses will be helmed by Lalgudi GJR Krishnan for violin and Bombay Jayashri for vocal. The violin masterclass will run from 9am to 5.30pm on 21 and 22 August at The Arts House while the vocal masterclass will run from 9am to 5.30pm on 28 and 29 August at the National Museum of Singapore


Lalgudi GJR Krishnan is the son of great legend Shri Lalgudi Jayaraman and has inherited a deep understanding of Carnatic music, bearing the torch of the Lalgudi tradition.  He has extensive performing experience and represented India in many prestigious international events. In 2004, he conducted a symphony, Sunada Pravaham, at the Singapore Arts Festival which comprised his father's composition as well as his own.


Bombay Jayashri is one of the most sought after Carnatic musicians internationally who draws audiences to her concerts with her intellectual interpretation of music. She is also a composer of meditation repertoire and rare poetry. Her works have been used in dance ballets, film and documentaries. She made history by being the first Carnatic vocal performer at the Royal Opera House, Durban and the Russian Opera House at Helsinki, Finland. She is also trained in the Hindustani classical system.


Criteria and Selection Process for masterclasses

The masterclasses are open to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 30 years old and below.  Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis for participants who are interested in taking part in the upcoming 2011 NIMC. They must demonstrate evidence of formal training to qualify for participation. The $150 masterclass fees are inclusive of lunch and 1 coffee break per day.


Registration for the masterclasses opens on 5 July 2010 and closes on 23 July 2010. For full details, please visit the NAC website