41 musicians awarded at the 2017 National Indian Music Competition Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony

Middle: Pranav Swaminathan, 1st prize winner of Mridangam Intermediate category performing alongside accompaniment


Singapore, 5 June 2017 – The triennial National Indian Music Competition (NIMC) 2017 concluded last evening at the School of the Arts Singapore with a rousing concert performance by some of the nation’s finest young talents in the traditional Indian music scene. In its ninth edition, this competition continues to draw a steady pool of participants. This year, over 140 musicians competed in the preliminary and final performance rounds from 29 May to 2 June.


2          Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, was the Guest-of-honour and jointly presented the awards with Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the National Arts Council (NAC) to the 41 prize winners. The ceremony and concert was attended by over 280 guests.


3          The 9th edition of the NIMC continues to celebrate Singapore’s finest talents in Indian vocal and instrumental music.  The competition aims to develop the performing skills of young musicians, raise musical standards and identify new talents in Singapore. It is also an opportunity to introduce young budding talent and classical Indian music to the public.


4          The panel of judges for this year’s competition includes six Indian music experts from India and Canada (See Annex B for profiles of adjudicators):

·         Mr B.V. Balasai, acclaimed flautist and composer for Indian classical and contemporary dance ballets in India

·         Mr Kannan Balakrishnan, award-winning Veena performer and composer

·         Mrs Lalith J. Rao, renowned Hindustani vocal classical musician and winner of prestigious state accolades and various music organisations in India

·         Ms Sudha Raghunathan, India’s leading Carnatic vocalist and philanthropist

·         Dr Trichy Sankaran, a world-class percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian Music Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada

·         Mr Yogesh Samsi, acclaimed Tabla player and son of world-renowned vocalist Pandit Dinkar Kaikini


5          Ms Elaine Ng, Senior Director of Sector Development (Performing Arts), NAC said, “Over the years, we have steadily evolved NIMC to increase the number of instrumental and vocal categories, allowing us to celebrate the diversity and variety of the Indian music forms. The sustained interest of the competition and participation from non-Indian participants is a testament to the growing interest and thriving appreciation for the traditional Indian music scene in Singapore. I would like to congratulate this year’s winners and thank all participants for their enthusiasm in keeping traditional Indian music alive.”  


6          Ms Sudha Raghunathan, adjudicator of the competition and India’s leading Carnatic vocalist said "I am impressed by the standard of Indian music here and the amount of hard work that the competitors have put in. I would like to commend the efforts of their respective gurus, having witnessed performances that sizzled with intelligence and creativity.”


7          The competition categories this year include the Carnatic Vocal, Hindustani Vocal, Veena, Flute, Violin, Mridangam and Tabla. There are three age categories – Junior, Intermediate and Open, for each instrumental and vocal category. In addition to the top prize winners of each category, Hiranmayi Ananthanarayanan and Chng Yi Ming from the Carnatic Vocal Junior and Flute Open Category respectively also received Honourable Mentions. For the full list of winners, please refer to Annex A.


8          To close the competition season, a series of master classes in Flute, Veena, Mridangam, Tabla, Carnatic Vocal and Hindustani Vocal were conducted on 3 June. Opened to the public, these master classes gave budding enthusiasts and musicians an exclusive opportunity to learn from some of the top classical Indian musicians in the world.

9          To download high-resolution images of some of the highlight moments of the Prize Winners’ Concert & Prize Presentation Ceremony on the evening of 4 June 2017, kindly visit: https://goo.gl/ufihgi.


For more information, please read on:

·         Annex A: List of winners

·         Annex B: Biographies of 2017 adjudicators

·         Annex C: Prize categories