If you’re an aspiring Carnatic musician and dream of performing on the big stage in front of lakhs of music lovers, then you’re in the right place!

Driven by the vision of identifying, nurturing and promoting the next generation maestros of Indian classical music, HCL Digital Concerts is launching The Carnatic Quest, the hunt for the next generation of Carnatic music superstars

The Carnatic Quest will be a journey to identify the finest young talent in the field of Carnatic music and to showcase this talent to millions of music lovers across the world at the prestigious HCL Concerts and HCL Music platforms.

How it works

  1. The contest will invite entries across 5 categories, i.e. Carnatic Vocal, Veena, Violin, Flute and Percussions (Mridangam, Ghatam and Kanjeera)
  2. Interested musicians can apply on this page by submitting all required information in the form below.
  3. The entries will be accepted from October 10 to October 31, 2020.
  4. The form will be locked on November 1, 2020 and no further entries will be accepted
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  6. The accepted entries will be evaluated by our talent screening partners Rhapsody Foundation
  7. The contest team will then reach out only to the shortlisted musicians for details on performance submissions for the next rounds
  8. The results of each round will also be published on the Facebook page of HCL Digital Concerts
  9. There will be three such rounds to determine the winners of the contest
  10. One winner each from Carnatic Vocal, Veena, Violin and Flute, along with three winners from Percussion will get a chance to perform for the reputed HCL Concerts platform
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Round 1

Entries: October 10, 2020 till October 31, 2020

Evaluation: November 1, 2020 till November 10, 2020

Results: November 11, 2020

Round 2

Entries: November 12, 2020 till November 20, 2020

Evaluation: November 21, 2020 till November 25, 2020

Results: November 26, 2020

Final Round

Performances: December 1, 2020 till December 5, 2020

Announcement of Winners: December 6, 2020

Eligibility to apply

  1. An artist must be at least 15 years of age, and at max. 30 years of age as on October 10, 2020
  2. Entries not meeting this criterion will not be considered for the contest

Apply now

(Submission needs to be an audio & video clip that is publically accessible on Youtube, with a duration of above 2 minutes but not exceeding 3 minutes. Submit only ONE performance clip.)