The Raga Fellowship is the entry point to IndianRaga for advanced artists to apply to get featured by IndianRaga. We only present Raga Fellows in our live concerts and workshops. Raga Fellowship is where handpicked artists come together to collaborate and we professionally produce videos of the collaborations and release on our flagship IndianRaga channel. Fellows are mentored by IndianRaga Creative Panel or designated experts to refine their ideas and structure before they are produced. See below for Online Fellowship details.
Fellowship is open to all artists across all age groups and genres. There is a program fee to participate in the fellowship that covers the mentorship and part of the production expense.
IndianRaga’s most iconic productions were all done remotely, across continents, using technology and imagination to bring beautiful music alive. We now have launched a 100% ONLINE Fellowship program to bring this expertise to you.
You will collaborate online with other selected Fellows, to create a new wave of productions. We will take care of post production and release these videos on our flagship IndianRaga channel. Fellows will be mentored by IndianRaga Creative Panel or designated experts to refine their ideas and structure before they are produced.
You just need is to be equipped with a good mic for audio recording (for music categories) and a good camera or smart phone for video recording. Fellowship is open to all artists across all age groups and genres.
To accommodate time commitment and varying level of required mentorship, we have launched an alternate model for the Online Music Fellowship. Online Music Fellows can choose to be a part of either cohort during the application process. Each cohort will create teams separately (i.e. there is no overlap between participants in the Online Music Fellowship 1.0 and the participants in the Online Music Fellowship 2.0).
|Online Music Fellowship 1.0||Online Music Fellowship 2.0|
|About||Fellows independently collaborate with each other to create the next iconic pieces on IndianRaga's main channel||Online Music Fellowship 1.0 PLUS specially curated expert sessions every week to guide you through through the creation process and continuously inspire you with new content to stretch your creativity|
|Application fee||$50/₹3500 new fellow or $35/₹2500 returning fellow||$50/₹3500 new fellow or $35/₹2500 returning fellow|
|Workshop fee||N/A||$35/₹2500 per month for 4 specially curated expert sessions a calendar month|
|Program fee||One time fee of $500/₹18,000 per person to cover part of post-production costs of approved IndianRaga pieces (each fellow can work on maximum 2 productions)||$200/₹7,500 per person per piece to cover part of the post production costs when production is approved for release by IndianRaga (no min or max number of productions).|
|Benefits||For advanced musicians who form teams from their cohort and arrange their own pieces.||For advanced musicians who form teams from their cohort and arrange their own pieces with frequent mentorship.|
|~3-4 months with a 4 stage structured process (concept submission, draft submission, revisions, final arrangement and audio/video mixing) with written feedback from IndianRaga panelist team.||4 working sessions/month covering the basics of music production, specific genre based skills, facilitated brainstorm sessions/mentor sessions, and engagement with past fellows and other digital-age experts. See calendar for upcoming sessions.|
|Flexible timeline to work through collaboration process in a guided manner.|
|Released on IndianRaga's main channel||Released on IndianRaga's main channel|
|Differentiating factor||Aimed for people who have ideas, are familiar with the music production process, and are ready for the execution stage.||Aimed for people who want a continuous immersive experience through curated weekly brainstorm and skill building sessions with other digital content creators and past fellows.
All publicly open sessions are included for free with the monthly subscription.
|Other Notes||Minimum team size for production = 3||Minimum team size for production = 3|
|Entire cohort submits concepts and drafts at the same time for IndianRaga review; date decided by all Fellows.||Each team must submit concepts and drafts during the last week of the month.|
1. Recognition: You can get featured to an audience base of over a million subscribers across IndianRaga’s YouTube, Facebook and Instagram accounts
2. Opportunities: IndianRaga only features Raga Fellows in prestigious live concerts, and most of them are paid performance opportunities
3. Learning: You will learn how to create successful pieces for a digital audience, and develop critical skills related to audio and video production
4. Credibility: Being a Raga Fellow is a stamp of excellence and innovation in Indian performing arts, and is increasingly being recognized by concert organizers, teachers and audiences.
5. Networking and Contact Building: Its an opportunity to meet both established and young artists, collaborate and learn from each other.
Fellows can reapply for limited spots in future Fellowships, and return to produce more collaborations. Benefits are:
1. Professional Opportunities: Returning Fellows have a higher chance of getting professional performance opportunities as organizers prefer featuring Fellows who are seen more often on IndianRaga.
2. Higher Visibility and Brand Recall: Consistency is key to building an audience on social media – the more you are seen the better people know you.
3. Developing Expertise and Experience: Returning Fellows can grow to become Creative Directors for Fellowship, preferred live performers, Raga Labs instructors, or take on other senior roles at IndianRaga. This allows you to build well-rounded experience of your choice in addition to your core skill.
4. Financial Benefits: Returning Fellows have more opportunity for paid live performances, and save through lower program fees than new fellows
See this video for more insight from our Founder on the benefits for Returning Fellows
IndianRaga has been invited to perform at:
United Nations General Assembly
World Government Summit
Timesgroup Gaana Music Festival
Chicago Cultural Center
And many more…
The IndianRaga Fellowship happens regularly in North America and also in India, and for exact dates and timeframes please check our fellowship pages. We were planning to conduct multiple fellowships in various cities across North America, India and UK. But they have been on hold for some time due to Covid situation. We are launching more online Fellowships.
The Fellowship is open to applicants from all age groups.
There are no pre-requisites for participants, but data shows that candidates who have done at least 2-3 Raga Jams or taken a few levels of the IndianRaga Certification have a distinct advantage in the Fellowship selection process. The IndianRaga Certification feedback by our panel of experts helps develop strong technical competence while the Raga Jams process helps participants get familiar with the process of collaboration, audio/video production, and developing creative approaches. Please note that the IndianRaga Fellowship selection team is not provided with any information on who has done a Raga Jam or Certification so as to keep the process fair.
You can submit a recent performance link, or record one afresh simply using a phone or camera. There is no specific time limit for the duration of the performance link but we would encourage you to submit one within 3-5 minutes. If the video is longer, please specify a 5-minute (continuous) time in the link that showcases the best of your ability. Please make sure that the video is not shaky.
Please send an unprocessed/unedited audio or video.
For Music categories, you are free to use any accompaniment of your choice, but at the bare minimum an electronic tanpura for Carnatic vocalists and instrumentalists, and an electronic tanpura plus i-tabla for Hindustani vocalists and instrumentalists is mandatory.
For Dance categories, video is a must with the person clearly visible in the video. Also the dancer should submit a video that showcases both nritta and abhinaya.
IndianRaga does not reveal the names of panelists who evaluate Fellowship applications. The panel itself consists of a mix of experts in the genre who are able to provide meaningful feedback with logical reasoning, as well as past senior Fellows of IndianRaga who have stood out for their technical as well as creative competence to deliver world-class collaborations. The panelists change every year, and are not aware of who their co-panelists are, to ensure as fair and unbiased a process as possible.
Fellows can expect to be part of at least two productions. This depends on how efficient and organized teams are, and IndianRaga is unable to guarantee a certain number of productions each Fellow can be part of.
In Online Fellowship, there is a limit of 2 pieces per each Fellow, whereas in Regular Fellowship they can participate up to 3 pieces, provided they are able to do justice to all.
No, we look for musicians and dancers who have deep knowledge and training in the genre they are applying in, and a willingness to collaborate and open their minds to other art forms. We do not need you to have any previous training or experience in collaboration. We believe that the Fellowship is designed to help you develop the ability to collaborate as long as you are strong in one genre and are open-minded.
There is no fixed policy on the creative aspect. Fellows are encouraged to come together and work with each other to create music that inspires them and that is relevant to audiences today. The IndianRaga team will work with you in advance to understand your ideas and help shape the ones that would be most feasible for the Fellowship productions. You can review the productions from past Fellowship years to get some more insight.
The IndianRaga Fellowship is an opportunity to feature in multiple productions in collaboration with different artist groups, in one shot! The program is designed for those who are looking to have an involved and diverse experience including feedback from experts, opportunity to meet and work with diverse artists, and of course the final productions, and joining a global network of advanced level performers. It also opens up the possibility of being invited to perform Fellowship pieces on prestigious live platforms.
The costs of attending the IndianRaga Fellowship are:
Application Fee: There is a non-refundable application fee.
Subscription Fee: Online Raga Fellowship 2.0 is designed to have specially curated expert sessions every week for which each Fellow will be paying a monthly subscription fee during the tenure of the fellowship duration.
Program Fee: Candidates who are offered a spot in the Fellowship will all pay a nominal program fee to cover a small portion of the Fellowship expenses. Details are given in the relevant fellowship page upon launch.
Travel, Boarding and Lodging: All candidates must support the costs of their travel to the Fellowship venue, accommodation, local transportation, meals and any other others costs of attending the Fellowship. This is not applicable for online Fellowship.
Featuring in a music video involves a strong visual component and hence we expect candidates to focus on all aspects of performance and presentation style. We will be evaluating candidates on the visual aspect of their performance in addition to the technical and creative aspects. This includes but is not restricted to location and setting, lighting, interaction with camera/audience, body language, costume and style, make up and anything else that you think will enhance the audience experience.
In Collaboration Round, participants are expected to collaborate with other selected participants and come up with pieces that meet the standards of IndianRaga productions. IndianRaga provides a list of ideas, but the participants are free to modify or choose their own concept. They will be submitting the concept and its relevance to our panel for review and upon approval they will rehearse and submit a draft audio/video recording. At each stage, our creative panel will review and approve or approve with changes or reject.
The music piece should have at least 2 vocalists and dance piece should have at least 3 dancers. We also don’t combine music and dance. Dance pieces will use pre-recorded music. Teams need to ensure that the music used in the dance pieces don’t have any copyright issues.
No. Only those who accept the invitation to be a Fellow, and attend the Fellowship Recordings to feature in productions with us will be called IndianRaga Fellows.
Yes. IndianRaga invests a lot of money to produce high quality productions with Fellows, and the productions created at the Fellowship are owned by IndianRaga. In order to ensure consistency of quality and high standards, we also retain creative control on productions to decide which ideas are approved for production and which are not. There will be an MoU to this effect shared and signed with invited candidates as part of the onboarding process.
IndianRaga provides a list of ideas in the Collaboration Round that candidates can use or review to get inspired for other ideas. We will also connect all candidates with each other, however candidates are expected to be able to reach out and collaborate with other candidates without any handholding. Once ideas are formed and drafts are shared with us we do provide feedback to help refine them, but we are looking primarily for candidates who are able to collaborate and produce exciting work. For those looking for hand-holding and mentorship, we recommend the Raga Jam program – many of our Fellows have done a few Raga Jams before applying to the Fellowship and found the process helpful in aiding the collaboration process. In short, we provide the infrastructure to facilitate collaboration but there is no handholding or individual mentoring offered towards this process.
In Online Raga Fellowship 2.0, we conduct weekly sessions which will help you understand the process and techniques better.
IndianRaga will release videos produced at the Fellowship on its YouTube and Facebook channels, with a view to maximizing visibility for Fellows and their collaborations. IndianRaga owns the content produced at the Fellowship and may license it to generate revenue that will be invested in supporting future IndianRaga Fellowships and making more opportunities available to IndianRaga Fellows.
In most cases this is true. However, this is subject to all participants submitting work of high standards including technical as well as performance content. After all videos are edited, the IndianRaga panel will review each piece to ensure they all live up to the standards expected by audiences on the IndianRaga and Raga Labs channels. If any piece is found to be sub-standard, we reserve the right to not release it at all.
No, the application fee is non-refundable.
Yes, here are the links to the recording of the sessions conducted for the 2017 Fellowship in USA.