Here’s what you need to know about Round 1 in the IndianRaga Fellowship Application

This is what IndianRaga broadly looks for in candidates for the fellowship :

  • How relevant you would be as part of a group, in proposing interesting ideas, initiating projects, following them up to successful closure.
  • How unique and interesting your ideas are, while maintaining simplicity that would help our audience to understand and enjoy it, will be an important factor to consider.
  • Senior fellows will be expected to add value to those interested in learning music, dance or other art forms. This can be done via video tutorials and other educational modules that will be hosted at the IndianRaga website for students to learn from. If you are a teacher of music or dance, this could definitely help you in reaching out to a wider audience and share your knowledge.

The evaluation rounds are meant to not only for IndianRaga to pick the right talent, but also set expectations for you as candidates on what will be done at the actual Fellowship.

Remember that, the preference is for artistic competency over credentials and titles when applying for the fellowship.

We are looking for people who can go beyond traditional structures and rules and create something unique by complimenting other styles of music and dance, our focus will be on what you bring to the table in terms of creativity versus how qualified you are in your field.

Once again, IndianRaga does 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

Moving on from what the Fellowship expects from candidates, to how it evaluates potential fellows, as well as how you can go about the application process : there will be three rounds of evaluation, each with its own criteria of acceptance.

For round one:

  • Submit a 5-minute video showcasing your best performance either from a recent event, or record one specifically for this submission. Please specify the 5-minute time-stamp of your best contribution for any submissions with longer duration. It should be a single, continuous 5-min portion.
  • Tanpura accompaniment is mandatory for all Indian Classical Music categories (except percussion) need to be accompanied by Tanpura/drone, while Hindustani vocals and instrumental categories need to be backed by tabla.
  • Candidates applying for Indian contemporary music without any other melody accompaniment, will need to have a tanpura accompanying them in the submission video (except percussion). There is no such requirement for world music or international categories.
  • Applicants for Vocal and Instrumental categories, should demonstrate strong foundation in pitch, rhythm, diction and pronunciation, vocal dynamics and emotional impact. Ability to improvise will definitely add value to your submission although it is not mandatory at this stage (Round 1).
  • For Percussion, command on technique, rhythm, and depth of knowledge of variations will be evaluated.
  • For the international musician (instrumentalist) category, here is my submission at round one, just for reference for you guys.

So thats about it for now, future articles will address more topics and provide inputs on how to handle the next set of rounds, so keep watching this space for more.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have and we will do our best to answer them.