India Performing Arts Society of Central Ohio

S.Tyagaraja Rao Memorial Childrens’ Music Competition

Competition Date : Saturday, March 18th – 8:15 AM – 3:30 PM

Awards Ceremony : Saturday, March 18th – 3:30 PM

In order to encourage children in the community who learn Carnatic music and have an opportunity to showcase talented youngsters, Dhvani organizes a competition event.  The competition is held each year in fond memory of our charming friend and mentor, the late Sri  S. Tyagaraja Rao. Rao mama was an indefatigable connoisseur of Carnatic Music as well as an ardent supporter of children’s music.  In his memory we dedicate ourselves to keeping this art form alive in our minds and hearts

The competition is judged by a group of professional Carnatic musicians invited specially for this occasion.  The individual singing is followed by an awards ceremony and concert for the children. Children come from as far as Detroit, Pittsburgh, Washington DC and New Jersey to participate in this event.  We encourage parents and children to think of this as an opportunity to share and learn more than to compete and win. We think of all our participants as winners.

Rules & Regulations
  • All children between the ages of 5 – 17 years of age are eligible to participate.
  • Age groups and final categories will be determined and posted on the website once the registrations are completed.
  • Participants will be given up to four minutes each to present a krithi or other song.
  • Children between ages 5 and 11 may present a geetham, varnam, swarajathi or other song and will be given four minutes each.
  • The competition will include instrumental categories including percussion.
  • All songs must be sung or played without manodharma.
  • Songs are not restricted to any particular composer or language.
  • All presentations must be solo without any instrumental or other support except sruti.
  • All registrations must be received prior to the deadline – February 15, 2017.
  • A non refundable registration fee of $40 per child per category should be paid along with the registration.
  • The registration fee will be waived for 2017 Patrons and Benefactors of Dhvani who have paid 2017 membership on or before the registration deadline.
  • To participate you should register on line and pay the registration fee on or before February 15th 2017.
  • If there are a large number of participants, Dhvani, at its sole discretion, may arrange an audition round and/or adjust the time allotted per contestant.
  • All participants are required to arrive at the appointed time at the venue on the day of the competition.
  • The arrival time for each category will be posted on the Dhvani website and Facebook page on or before February 22nd. Be sure to verify and know your check in time.
  • Check in times:
    Reporting time
    Age Group 5-7
    8:15 AM
    Age Group 14-17
    8:15 AM
    Age Group 10-11
    9:30 AM
    Age Group 8-9
    10:00 AM
    Age Group 12-13
    11:30 AM
    Reporting time
    Age Group 7-11
    12:00 PM
    Age Group 12-15
    12:30 PM
    1:00 PM
    Other Instruments (Whistle, Guitar, Keyboard, Flute)
    1:30 PM
    1:30 PM
  • Failure to comply with any of these rules of the competition could result in disqualification.
  • Certificates will be awarded for participation as well as the best presentations in each category.
  • All participants will be presented a participation certificate on the day of the competition.
  • The awards ceremony will be held immediately following the competition
  • The judges’ decisions will be final.
  • Dhvani reserves the right to modify these rules and/or add new rules.
  • By participating in the competition you are accepting these rules and agree to abide by them.
  • Click here to download the Rules & Regulations.
  • Registration Deadline is at midnight on February 15th 2017.
  • Age categories and arrival times will be posted on the website by February 22st.
  • We welcome participants in all instrumental categories.
  • Your PayPal Receipt will be your confirmation no other email will be sent to individual registrants.
  • Make sure you also are registered on the Dhvani website to receive emails.
  • Make sure to like and follow the Dhvani Facebook Page for important updates.
  • In order to participate you must pay your registration fee or your annual membership on or before February 15th 2017.
  • Check the website on February 23rd to confirm your age category and your arrival time.
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