UK-trained Indian classical dancers invited for Azadi contest

UK-trained Indian classical dancers invited for Azadi contest
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Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, in association with the Indian Association of Cultural Relations (ICCR), has organised a special Dance and Music competition for budding classical dancers and musicians who have learnt their art in the UK. The initiative is part of India’s 75th year of Independence celebration, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Those aged between 15 to 22 years and have been trained in Indian classical dance forms – Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Kuchipudi, can take part. Other categories in the competition include Percussion, Indian string instruments, Carnatic vocals and Indian Classical singing.

To qualify for sending entries, one must be a resident of the UK and have received training in the UK. The rules of the competition involve the name of the Guru and the details of the rendition to be specified in the application. The videos of renditions must be of a maximum of 8 minutes duration and in landscape mode.

Carnatic Vocal must include raagam,keertana and swarakalpana elements. Only Tambura shruti can be used. For Hindustani Vocal must include aalaap, raag, vistaar and taans. Bandish is to be in madhya laya or drut laya. Only electronic Tanpura and electronic Tabla can be used. No other melodic support instruments are allowed.

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For participating in the Dance category, Nritya or Nrutyam pieces must be sent, including elements of pure dance and expressions. Semi-classical or light music pieces will not be accepted.

The renditions should be recorded for the sole purpose and possession of competitions and must not be shared on social media or anywhere else.

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The last date for sending the files of recorded renditions through WeTransfer or the appropriate transfer is May 8, 2022. Files, along with the full name of the performer, age and name of the Guru/Institution and details of the rendition must be sent to akam.competitions@gmail.com before the deadline.

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