IndianRaga Music and Dance Competition: Rules and Themes

Eligibility and Categories :

Open to dancers and musicians from any genre!
You can apply in any category that you feel comfortable, but if you need help figuring out which one you belong to, here’s a rough estimate
BEGINNER : Less than 3 years of training
INTERMEDIATE : 3 to 6 years of training
ADVANCED : More than 6 years of training


  • Carnatic Music
  • Hindustani Music
  • Semi-classical/folk/devotional/regional music
  • Movie Songs
  • Classical Dance
  • Semi-classical/Folk/Fusion/Bollywood Dance
  • Digital/Electronic Music

1. For the classical music categories electronic or regular tanpura is mandatory, any other basic accompaniment is not mandatory but you can feel free to have it.
2. Try to have a plain background. Please do not have any portraits or pictures of Gods, or any other religious symbolism in the videos.
3. There is no time limit. Please make it as short or as long as you like, and are able to hold audience attention.
4. You can submit links of previous performances as long as the main applicant is seen/heard clearly.
5. Each applicant can submit more than one entry if he/she chooses, but maximum one entry per each category is allowed.

Submission deadline:  
Last day of every Month.
Results will be announced in 2 weeks

Application Fee :
$25 per individual entry and $35 for group entries. Non-refundable.

Special packages are available at discounted rates

Prizes and Benefits :
1. Entries of all winners will be featured to thousands of audiences on IndianRaga’s social media channels. To see how much engagement our videos get, just see any video on and see the comments and shares.
2. Winners will receive a select set of courses from IndianRaga’s Educational Platform for free on unique, interesting topics.
3. Earn points towards the IndianRaga Championship.

The monthly themes for the 2017 Championship are:

January : Let’s have an exuberant start to the New Year with fast-paced performances. Present anything that you like which is fast-paced, for both music and dance categories.

February : Tribute to Composers/Choreographers. Pick your favorite composer/choreographer, say a line or two (max) about him/her and present one of their compositions that you really like!

March : Rama / Basant (Spring). Present a piece on or related to Lord Rama OR present something related to Basant / Spring.

April : Devi / Mothers’ Day Special : Present a piece that is dedicated to moms, or is a tribute to Devi

May: The theme for this month is ‘Joy’. Spring/Summer is coming, which means vacation, bright weather and lots of reasons to be happy and cheerful!

Choose a song/choreography that:
1. Fills you with joy or happiness! (there doesn’t have to be a reason why it makes you happy), OR
2. Is based on the theme of joy or happiness, OR
3. Has a happy, playful tune!

June : Shiva. Present a piece that is on or related to Lord Shiva

July : Krishna. Present a piece that is on or related to Krishna

August : Let’s celebrate the God who loves music and dance! Perform your favorite piece in praise of Lord Ganesha as we gear up for the auspicious and fun-filled Ganesh Chaturthi!

September : Let’s bring in the Dasara festive season with a performance on the theme of Navrathri, or on the theme of Devi.

October : Rama / Diwali : As the festival of lights marks the victorious return of Rama to Ayodhya, chime in with your best performance on either the theme of Diwali OR on Rama!

November : Thanksgiving / Inspiration. Show your gratitude to your favorite artist or maestro who inspired you to love your art even more. Present a piece that was made popular by them, or a piece that you would like to dedicate to them. Please VERY BRIEFLY mention a line or two (max) about them before you start.

December : Finale. Present a piece that would usually be presented towards the end of a performance. A Thillana / Tarana would be the most obvious choice but feel free to be creative. You can also perform a fast-paced piece in your genre if you like.