Fellowship

IndianRaga Fellowship and Ambassadors Program

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The 2017 IndianRaga Fellowship will be held in Northern Virginia (In the cities around Dulles airport) tentatively in the second half of July 2017. Exact dates will be announced shortly. The Fellowship session will last 10 days in all but Fellows are not expected to attend all 10 days, and the schedule will be decided based on number of productions the Fellows are involved in.  For details of application process and requirements for each round, please go to the individual category that you are applying for and review the Application Process section

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. Fellows are expected to support the cost of their travel to and from Virginia, accommodation (We will negotiate a highly discounted rate with a hotel), local transport and meals.

A limited number of merit-based stipends are available for outstanding applicants. For these candidates, IndianRaga will fund the accommodation and/or travel and in turn the candidate will be expected to take on specific roles and responsibilities at the Fellowship such as scheduling coordination, post production coordination, social media marketing, etc. There is no separate application for this process, the IndianRaga panel will select and notify candidates based on their application and progress across different rounds, their demonstrated ability for collaboration, leadership and teamwork.

Are you interested in joining a prestigious global network of musicians, dancers and production experts to create high-quality collaborations and videos that are viewed by many millions of audiences around the world?

If so, apply to become an IndianRaga Fellow

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You can register now and submit later. Registering early is highly recommended so that you get the detailed instructions for submission, tips and best practices from the IndianRaga team, and reminders from us before the submission deadline.

The IndianRaga Fellowship accepts applicants from all over the world, across all genres.

What does being an IndianRaga Fellow mean?

IndianRaga Fellows are globally recognized for being amongst the finest performers in their genres. Joining this prestigious network is an opportunity to stand out from amongst others when you apply for performance opportunities or to college – you will have a widely-viewed and appreciated portfolio of videos that stand testimony to your talent and dedication.

As an IndianRaga Fellow, you will get to collaborate with the most talented musicians, dancers and production engineers, selected by a panel of renowned international judges. You will be inspired and pushed to create ground-breaking collaborations that reach a global audience via social media. You will have the unique opportunity to address contemporary themes and issues through your art, and have the creative satisfaction of applying your art and talent to a meaningful endeavor.

IndianRaga Fellows become part of a growing network of peers and collaborators to support each other’s life-long artistic journey. Past Fellows have gone on to perform at Lincoln Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Joe’s Pub, and been featured on NPR.

Fellowship Productions

The State and Regional Ambassadors Program

In addition to the prestigious IndianRaga Fellowship, we will also be awarding Ambassadorships at the State and Regional levels across the world. Applicants who successfully qualify in Round 1 of the Fellowship are declared State Ambassadors, and those who qualify in Round 2 are declared Regional Ambassadors.

As an ‘IndianRaga State Ambassador’ and ‘IndianRaga Regional Ambassador’ you will be invited to represent IndianRaga in various forums at the state and regional level, and be featured on our website and social media channels.

More information

We do not guarantee that every category will have a Fellow chosen from. The IndianRaga Fellowship only accepts Fellows who cross a threshold of excellence as decided by the selection panel, and if we do not find entries in a given category to match these standards then we may not have anyone selected from that category

Visit the individual category pages to get information about the timeline, syllabus and more.

Classical and Contemporary Dance, Indian Classical Music, Contemporary and World Music, Composition and ProductionFAQs .

Key Deadlines

You can choose to apply in any of the following cycles :

Early Registration Cycle
Round 1 Submission : October 30          Round 1 Results : November 15
Round 2 Submission : December 18      Round 2 Results : January 8
Round 3 Collaborations and Interview will be scheduled thereafter
Final Fellows Announcement : March 31

Regular Registration Cycle
Round 1 Submission : November 27      Round 1 Results : December 5
Round 2 Submission : December 27      Round 2 Results : January 8
Round 3 Collaborations and Interview will be scheduled thereafter
Final Fellows Announcement : March 31

Extended Registration Cycle
Round 1 Submission : December 27     Round 1 Results : January 5
Round 2 Submission : January 22        Round 2 Results : February 5
Round 3 Collaborations and Interview will be scheduled thereafter
Final Fellows Announcement : March 31

Classical and Contemporary Dance

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This highly exclusive network will invite dancers who demonstrate deep and rigorous training in performance and an ability to collaborate with musicians and other artists to create new works that cater to a global audience. IndianRaga will provide professional audio and video production resources, and a space to collaborate with the most talented artists from across the world. Final productions will be released by IndianRaga and promoted extensively through a host of social media and digital channels to promote and showcase the artists involved.

We highly encourage dancers from classical, semi-classical and international genres to apply.

Applications are accepted in the following categories:
Indian Classical Dance
(Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Odissi, Manipuri, Kathakali, etc)
Indian Folk / Semi-classical Dance
(Raas/Garba, Bhangra, Ghumar, Bollywood, etc.)
Contemporary / Modern Dance
(Hip Hop, Contemporary, Freestyle, Ballet, World Folk, etc.)

Past Collaborations include :  Still I Rise,  Chetti Mandaram

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Application Process
For all categories this year, there will be 3 simple rounds for applicants. Specifically, for Classical and Contemporary Dance:

Round 1:

Please submit a 5-min performance that showcases the best of your ability in your genre. The performance can be a recent pre-recorded performance, or a newly recorded one using simple recording equipment like a phone or camera. If you are submitting a longer performance, then please identify a specific 5-min portion that you would like the evaluators to see and indicate the timestamps for the same when you submit. It should be a single, continuous 5-min portion. Traditional costume is not required in this round, you can wear practice clothes if you choose.

The evaluators will particularly be looking for a balance of pure dance steps and rhythm on one hand, and expressions, emotions and hand gestures on the other for the Indian classical, semi-classical and folk genres. For international genres and contemporary dance, we do encourage applicants to think of showcasing both pure movement and emotion/expression as relevant in your style. We will send your application to an expert in your genre for evaluation.

Round 2:

In Round 2, selected applicants will be asked to submit one traditional piece and one creative piece. Requirements are expected to be fairly straight-forward and flexible, and exact details will be sent to shortlisted candidates from Round 1.

Collaboration / Interview Round :

Candidates shortlisted in Round 2 will be expected to collaborate with other shortlisted candidates remotely based on certain guidelines by IndianRaga. The goal would be to remotely create rough, home-made drafts of potential collaborations that our panel will approve for production. Candidates whose productions are approved will be selected as Fellows. IndianRaga will provide some support in terms of basic mentoring and interim feedback from past IndianRaga Fellows. This will be an opportunity for candidates to evaluate whether this program and process would be exciting and meaningful for them before they actually commit to joining us. Exact details will be shared with candidates shortlisted in Round 2

Indian Classical Music

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Fellows in Indian classical music pioneer new-age collaborations that explore the depths and nuances of this genre on one hand, and make it accessible to a global audience on the other through innovative use of instrumentation and arrangements. Highly regarded for their classicism and a fresh approach to the music, IndianRaga classical music Fellows have been invited to conduct Raga Labs, perform at prestigious venues and present to high-profile corporate executives.

We are looking for artists who come with an open mind, high level of rigor and perfection, and a keen sense of aesthetics that is characteristic of past productions in this genre. Examples include :

 Mand Thillana

Applications are accepted in the following categories:
Carnatic Vocals
Carnatic Instrumental (Violin, Veena, Flute, Saxophone, Keyboard, etc)
Carnatic Percussion (Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira, Morsing, etc)
Hindustani Vocals
Hindustani Instrumental (Sitar, Sarod, Violin, Santoor, Sarangi, etc)
Hindustani Percussion (Tabla, Pakhawaj, etc)

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Application Process

For all categories this year, there will be 3 simple rounds for applicants. Specifically, for Indian Classical Music categories:

Round 1:

Please submit a 5-min performance that showcases the best of your ability in your genre. The performance can be a recent pre-recorded performance, or a newly recorded one using simple recording equipment like a phone or camera. If you are submitting a longer performance, then please identify a specific 5-min portion that you would like the evaluators to see and indicate the timestamps for the same when you submit. It should be a single, continuous 5-min portion. Tanpura accompaniment is mandatory for all categories (except percussion), and tabla/iTabla pro accompaniment is mandatory for Hindustani vocals and instrumental categories.

For Vocal and Instrumental categories, the evaluators will particularly be looking for a solid foundation in pitch, rhythm, diction and pronunciation, vocal dynamics and emotional impact. Showcasing improvization will be considered very positively but is not mandatory for Round 1. For Percussion, command on technique, rhythm, and depth of knowledge of variations will be evaluated.

Round 2:

In Round 2, selected applicants will be asked to submit one traditional piece and one creative piece. Requirements are expected to be fairly straight-forward and flexible, and exact details will be sent to shortlisted candidates from Round 1.

Collaboration / Interview Round :

Candidates shortlisted in Round 2 will be expected to collaborate with other shortlisted candidates remotely based on certain guidelines by IndianRaga. The goal would be to remotely create rough, home-made drafts of potential collaborations that our panel will approve for production. Candidates whose productions are approved will be selected as Fellows. IndianRaga will provide some support in terms of basic mentoring and interim feedback from past IndianRaga Fellows. This will be an opportunity for candidates to evaluate whether this program and process would be exciting and meaningful for them before they actually commit to joining us. Exact details will be shared with candidates shortlisted in Round 2.

Contemporary and World Music

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Fellows in Contemporary and World Music pioneer new-age collaborations that bring fresh, ethnic compositions and tunes from India and around the world together with new-age instrumentation to create avant garde pieces for a global audience. This is an opportunity to create exciting mashups, tell stories from folklore and give wings to your creativity.

We are looking for artists who come with an open mind, high level of rigor and perfection, and a keen sense of aesthetics that is characteristic of past productions in this genre. Examples include:
Bharathiyar Unplugged
Padhaaro Mhaare Des
Guitar – Sarod Mashup

Applications are accepted in the following categories:
Contemporary Indian Vocals (Bollywood, Semi-classical, Bhajan, folk, etc)
World Music / International / Western Classical

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Application Process:
For all categories this year, there will be 3 simple rounds for applicants. Specifically, for Contemporary and World Music categories :

Round 1:

Please submit a 5-min performance that showcases the best of your ability in your genre. The performance can be a recent pre-recorded performance, or a newly recorded one using simple recording equipment like a phone or camera. If you are submitting a longer performance, then please identify a specific 5-min portion that you would like the evaluators to see and indicate the timestamps for the same when you submit. It should be a single, continuous 5-min portion. IF there is no other melody accompaniment, then a tanpura accompaniment is mandatory for all Indian music categories (except percussion). There is no such requirement for world music or international categories.

For Vocal and Instrumental categories, the evaluators will particularly be looking for a solid foundation in pitch, rhythm, diction and pronunciation, vocal dynamics and emotional impact. For Percussion, command on technique, rhythm, and depth of knowledge of variations will be evaluated. IndianRaga will send entries to specific evaluators who are experts in your genre of application, so please feel free to showcase as diverse genres and skills as possible.

Round 2:

In Round 2, selected applicants will be asked to submit one traditional piece and one creative piece. Requirements are expected to be fairly straight-forward and flexible, and exact details will be sent to shortlisted candidates from Round 1..

Collaboration / Interview Round:

Candidates shortlisted in Round 2 will be expected to collaborate with other shortlisted candidates remotely based on certain guidelines by IndianRaga. The goal would be to remotely create rough, home-made drafts of potential collaborations that our panel will approve for production. Candidates whose productions are approved will be selected as Fellows. IndianRaga will provide some support in terms of basic mentoring and interim feedback from past IndianRaga Fellows. This will be an opportunity for candidates to evaluate whether this program and process would be exciting and meaningful for them before they actually commit to joining us. Exact details will be shared with candidates shortlisted in Round 2.

Composition and Production

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Launching this year, the Composition and Production category recognizes excellence in creative skills that facilitate high quality collaborations and productions. If you are excellent at arranging, composing, writing screen plays, recording, mixing, shooting videos or editing them, this is your chance to get access to some of the best artistic talent that will bring your dream project alive. In addition, we are also accepting applications in costume and set design that make innovative use of available resources to add grandeur and finesse to the production stage.

Applications are being accepted in the following categories :
Music Composition and Arrangement
Sound Engineering and Mixing
Costumes and Set Design
Videography and Screenplay

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Application Process:
For all categories this year, there will be 3 simple rounds for applicants. Specifically, for Composition and Production categories :

Round 1:

Please submit a 5-min performance that showcases the best of your ability in your talent. The performance can be a recent pre-recorded performance, or a newly recorded one using simple recording equipment like a phone or camera. In the space provided, please mention what your contribution to the piece was – whether you composed, arranged, recorded, mixed, videographed, edited the piece or if you had some other role to play. We are looking specifically for interesting skill sets that can add value to the production process at IndianRaga Fellowship. If you are submitting a longer performance, then please identify a specific 5-min portion that you would like the evaluators to see and indicate the timestamps for the same when you submit. It should be a single, continuous 5-min portion.

In these categories, we are looking for skills that can add a unique dimension to IndianRaga productions. For composers and arrangers, we want to see what you can do if you are provided a set of incredibly talented artists in music and dance. For audio engineers, videographers, costume and set designers, this is an opportunity to showcase the best of your work to us and be selected to develop a high-quality, widely viewed portfolio of your work that can be showcased to the world. IndianRaga will send entries to specific evaluators who are experts in your genre of application, so please feel free to showcase diverse genres and skills.

Round 2:

In Round 2, selected applicants will be asked to submit a more detailed portfolio of their work. Requirements are expected to be fairly straight-forward and flexible, and exact details will be sent to shortlisted candidates from Round 1.

Collaboration / Interview Round:

Candidates shortlisted in Round 2 will be expected to collaborate with other shortlisted candidates remotely based on certain guidelines by IndianRaga. The goal would be to remotely create rough, home-made drafts of potential collaborations that our panel will approve for production. Candidates whose productions are approved will be selected as Fellows. IndianRaga will provide some support in terms of basic mentoring and interim feedback from past IndianRaga Fellows. This will be an opportunity for candidates to evaluate whether this program and process would be exciting and meaningful for them before they actually commit to joining us. Exact details will be shared with candidates shortlisted in Round 2.

FAQs

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Q: When and where is the Fellowship?
A: Tentatively during the second half of July 2017 in Northern Virginia. Exact dates will be announced shortly

Q: Do all Fellows have to attend the full 10 days of the Fellowship or can I join for a part of it?
A: No all Fellows do not have to attend all days of the program. They can attend during the days when their productions are scheduled, and this will be decided in April 2017

Q: Do I have to be a resident of the United States to apply?
A: No. You can apply from any part of the world. If selected for the Fellowship you will have to arrange your own transportation to the Fellowship in August and apply for a visa to visit the US, if applicable.

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: No, there are no pre-requisites. Anyone can apply to the Fellowship. The rules for the Fellowship are updated in the above sections.

Q: How many productions will each Fellow be able to feature in?
A: There is an upper limit of 4 productions per Fellow as a general rule, so that Fellows are able to invest and focus their time on perfecting their pieces. However, there is no guarantee of 4 productions – only those productions approved by the IndianRaga creative panel in Round 3 will be confirmed.

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 the same. 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 fees of $125-$175 depending on when you register.  And there are no fees for Round 2 and Collaboration/Interview Round.

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. Fellows are expected to support the cost of their travel to and from Virginia, accommodation (We will negotiate a highly discounted rate with a hotel), local transport and meals.

Q: Can parents of fellows accompany them to the fellowship?
A: 
Yes, they can.  IndianRaga will be happy to extend the discounted rate and parents can purchase accommodation and be there.  They can also observe some of the sessions and if they are interested in volunteering and helping, then we would love to explore the same.

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: I missed the “IndianRaga Fellowship Info Webinar”.  Can I view the recording?
A: Yes, here is the link to the recording of the session.



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

Q: What is the State and Regional Ambassador Program? 
A: The IndianRaga Fellowship will also award ambassadorships to several successful candidates of Round 1 at state levels, and Round 2 at regional level.

These ‘IndianRaga State Ambassadors’ and ‘IndianRaga Regional Ambassadors’ will be invited to represent IndianRaga in various forums at the state and regional level, and be featured on our website and social media channels.

Some of the benefits of being an IndianRaga Ambassador are :
1. Leadership opportunities to launch Do-It-Yourself Raga Labs to create unique, innovative artistic productions with help from IndianRaga
2. Press Releases from IndianRaga catered to the group of regional ambassadors in a given area, to be sent out to local media
3. Invitation to join select master classes, webinars, jamming sessions online or in-person with special offers by IndianRaga State Ambassadorships will be given out for successful applicants in each state.

Please note, the number of titles awarded per state or region is entirely at the discretion of the IndianRaga Fellowship Selection Committee.