What it is:

Ragamala's Annual Competition 'Raga Sadhana' seeks to encourage young students of Hindustani Classical Music in North America (US and Canada), to showcase their talent and accomplishment, in front of distinguished judges. The judges are Performing Artists from India.


Participants can apply to one or more of these categories:

Classical Vocal (Khayal, Dhrupad, Thumri/Dadra, Tappa, etc.)

Classical Instrumental (Sitar, Sarod, Violin, etc.)

Classical Keyboard Instrumental (Harmonium, Keyboard, etc.)

Classical Rhythm (Tabla, Pakhavaj, etc.)


Age groups: 5-12, 13-18 years.

When it is:

Screen rounds video due by: August 1, 2022 11:59 PM PDT

Final rounds: Sep 10, 17, 24, 2022

How it works:

Participants will be screened asynchronously based on a 3-min live video recording submission by a panel of judges. Participants who clear the screening will proceed to the Final Round. All participants will receive written feedback for improvement in the Screening Round, and Participation Certificates via email.


The Final Round will be a live Zoom session with another panel of judges. Our judges are performing musicians of considerable repute. Here, you will perform a longer piece of your choice. All Finalists will receive a Ragamala Finalist certificate. The Top 3 Winners, and optionally a Judge's Choice, in each category and age group, will receive Ragamala trophies.  But the real prize is the feedback you receive on your Sadhana at every step.