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What is the IndianRaga Fellowship?

This is a new-age program where,
1. The best young artists are selected
2. They collaborate with some guidance from the IndianRaga creative panel
3. They come together for 8-10 days and produce high quality videos of their collaborations

The IndianRaga Fellowship is the world’s most prestigious network of performing artists producing the best collaborations and music videos. Past Fellows have performed at Lincoln Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Joe’s Pub, and been featured on NPR. The videos have collectively garnered over 10 million views.

To learn more about the process, see these overview videos to get an idea of the program:

Read our FAQs below. If you still have questions, email info@indianraga.com
Check out some of the most successful productions from the Fellowship:


Q: When and where is the Fellowship?
A: The IndianRaga Fellowship happens annually in North America and also in India, and for exact dates and timeframes please sign up at indianraga.com/fellowship and information will be sent to you as and when each Fellowship is announced

Q: Is the Fellowship only for applicants in a certain age group?
A: The Fellowship is open to applicants from all age groups.

Q: Are there any pre-requisites to apply to the Fellowship?
A: While there are no pre-requisites, data shows that candidates who have done atleast 2-3 Raga Labs 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 Labs 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 Lab or Certification so as to keep the process fair.

Q: Who evaluates the Fellowship applications?
A: 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.

Q: How many productions will each Fellow be able to feature in?
A: The resources made available by IndianRaga are available in the Indicative Fellowship Schedule section. This includes rehearsal slots, audio recording, video shoot and provides the basic framework of what we provide with our available budget. As and when pieces are ‘approved’ by our creative panel, we will start scheduling them in till we reach the maximum number possible.

Since we select Fellows based on number of approved productions in Round 3, that can be some indicator of how many pieces they will have at a bare minimum. Fellows who are able to invest substantial amount of time and effort in advance to refine pieces as a team, with our feedback, generally end up being in more productions. Those who wait till the last minute, not as many – which is fine because its not about the number of pieces but about the quality of work, and given different backgrounds of Fellows not everyone is able to invest the same amount of time.

As an added option for Music Fellows, those who have high quality resources to record from home can start producing pieces in advance of the Fellowship week. Once the piece is approved we will ask for the recorded tracks and send to our mixing engineer. Likewise, dancers who have the time and capability to envision group choreographies remotely will have a distinct advantage of shaping pieces very strongly in advance and being able to invest more time at the Fellowship week on other collaborations.

Q: Do I need to have training and knowledge of other genres than the one that I am trained in to be a Fellow?
A: 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.

Q: Are the music videos based on traditional classical music or is it about new-age explorations?
A: 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 production 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.

Q: What is the cost of attending the Fellowship?
A: There is a non-refundable application fee depending on when you register. And there are no additional fees for Round 2 and Collaboration/Interview Round. Selected Fellows will have to pay a refundable deposit that will be returned after all post production is complete

IndianRaga will invest in high quality audio and video production, facilities for rehearsals and production, marketing and promotion of the productions via social media and other channels, and provide creative input and oversight on the collaborations.

Q: If I am selected to be a Fellow but am unable to participate, can I still be called an IndianRaga Fellow and get access to other opportunities through IndianRaga?
A: 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.

Q: If I am selected to be a Fellow, is there a contract I need to sign?
A: 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.

Q: What kind of mentorship is provided during the Fellowship selection process and for the productions?
A: IndianRaga provides a list of ideas in Round 3 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 in Round 3 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 Labs program – many of our Fellows have done a few Raga Labs 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.

Q: Where will the content be released by IndianRaga?
A: 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.

Q: I registered for the Fellowship this year, but I am not able to send in the application due to personal reasons. Would it be possible for me to get a refund?
A: No, the application fee is non-refundable.

Q: Are there any recordings of the “IndianRaga Fellowship Info Webinars” conducted earlier? Can I view the recording?
A: Yes, here are the links to the recording of the sessions conducted for the 2017 Fellowship in USA.

Also check out the video from Mahesh on Creative Viral Ideas

You can also read the blogs by Santosh Baynes on Fellowship
What you need to know about Round 1 in the IndianRaga Fellowship Application
What Applicants are looking for about the Fellowship

If you still have questions, email info@indianraga.com