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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 Concerts is launching The Carnatic Quest Junior, the hunt for the next generation of Carnatic music superstars

The Carnatic Quest Junior 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 features 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 15 to November 30, 2021.
  4. The form will be locked on November 30, 2021 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 Concerts
  9. There will be three such rounds to determine the winners of the contest
  10. One winner each from Violin, Mridangam/Kanjeera, Veena, Flute, along with three winners from Carnatic Vocals will get a chance to perform for the reputed HCL Concerts platform
  11. Please note that the submission of any entry does not guarantee that it will be eligible for the competition. Kindly read the Application Process section to know more
  12. The decision of the shortlisted entries for each round and final winners will be at the sole discretion of the HCL and the official talent screening partners and judges
  13. Read more

Dates

Round 1

Entries: October 15, 2021 till November 30, 2021

Evaluation: November 30, 2021 till December 10, 2021

Results: December 12, 2021

Round 2

Entries: December 12, 2021 till December 22, 2021

Evaluation:  December 23, 2021 till December 30, 2021

Results:  December 31, 2021

Final Round

Performances: January 1, 2022 till January 10, 2022

Announcement of Winners: January 14, 2022


Eligibility to apply

1. An artist must be at least 12 years of age, and at max. 18 years of age as on October 15, 2021

2. Entries not meeting this criterion will not be considered for the contest

Application process and rules for submitting application

  1. Kindly fill the form below with the required information
  2. Please make sure all information is correct and accurate
  3. The artist should not have done any professional performance or graded by AIR
  4. The evaluation will be done on the basis of a performance clip to be submitted in the form
  5. In order to submit the clip, please record and upload this performance on YouTube and then submit the link to that clip in the form
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  7. Entries will only be accepted if the submitted clip meets the following criteria
    • It must be minimum of 2 minutes and maximum of 3 minutes long
    • It must be audio and video
    • It must be on YouTube
    • The link must be public and accessible
    • Only 1 performance clip link should be submitted
  8. Any entries submitted with performance clips and links that do not meet above criteria will not be considered for the contest
  9. Please note that the submission of any entry does not guarantee that it will be eligible for the competition. Kindly read the Application Process section to know more
  10. The decision of the shortlisted entries for each round and final winners will be at the sole discretion of the HCL and the official talent screening partners and judges
  11. Read more

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