Application Process

Application Process

All musicians between the ages 6-60 are eligible to apply!

Classical and Contemporary Dance Indian Classical MusicContemporary and World MusicComposition and Production

Classical and Contemporary Dance

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,  EDM Alarippu, Nandi Chol, Tum Tana Dance Off, Ardhanareeswaram, Anubhuti

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Application Process 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

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 :

Kaa Vaa Vaa, EDM Thillana, Mi Radhika, Jasrangi Jugalbandi, 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)

Application Process 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

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
Cheap Thrills – Desi Cover
Irish Malhar

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 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

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

Application Process 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.