The Sangeeth Samraat contest will have separate categories for vocalists, instrumentalists, percussionists, and aims to identify Samraats in the following age groups:
The age limit will, however, be relaxed for exceptional talents.
In addition to the above prizes, they can win attractive cash prizes instantly at different stages of the contests. There will be three special prizes for the finalists, besides global visibility through both Sri Sankara TV and online platforms.
Corporates will be invited to sponsor and support the best of the talents and leverage on also naming the talent with their brand and along with accompanists they will form a team in the finals; thus making the contest more curious for the participants and sponsors with a sustainable model for the organisers. In addition, the sponsor will get FTCs and other deliverables as well.
The participants will also be given opportunities to be mentored by leading musicians and gurus; thus making their musical journey an ultimate dream come true.
The Sangeeth Samraat contest is also open to groups under the following categories:
The show will also pay tribute to legends including great composers of yesteryears such as Thyagaraja and Muthuswamy Dikshithar and musicians such as M.S. Subbulakshmi, Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, etc.
While the event is being organized in USA in association with the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, it also has the support of organisations such as GLAC in Detroit and CMAGA in Atlanta (a total of seven cities in the US).
Eminent vidwans and vidushis, as well as well-known local artists and gurus, will judge the contests. Winners will be selected on the basis of ability to perform and not on technical expertise alone.
The response from the music community has so far been phenomenally good, with organisations, gurus and musicians from around the world looking at this as not only a platform for young talents but a sustainable model for the Carnatic system in the years to come. With support from corporates, the event is bound to become a huge success.
The contest will start in India on August 15, giving freedom for expression in classical music on Independence Day, and will go global to USA, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Dubai. The grand finale is scheduled to be held in Chennai, India.
The contest will commence with a grand launch in Bengaluru featuring a performance by popular singer Gayathri Venkataraghavan on August 15, and a veena recital by Nirmala Rajasekhar on the following day with preliminary auditions scheduled on both days to be held at Seshadripuram College Auditorium in association with SVN Academy.
In association with Sri Parthasarathy Swami Sabha, the programme will happen in Chennai on August 22 and 23 at Mylapore Fine Arts. There will be a special inaugural performance by Trichur Brothers on the 23rd.
Shankar Mahadevan Academy will be the online partner while corporates such as Radiance Realty in the USA have already come forward to support this mega event.
Watch out for the promos by celebrity musicians on Sri Sankara TV and www.sangeethsamraat.com