Rules, Tips, Etc.

Schedule for Finals

Morning Categories - Registration time is 8:30 AM

Vocal Pre-Junior
Tabla Junior
Vocal Junior
Instrumental Junior

Lunch (around 12:45pm)

Afternoon Categories - Registration time is 12:15 PM

Tabla Senior
Vocal Senior
Instrumental Senior


Judging Criteria

Please see the individual judging criteria for: Tabla | Vocal | Instrumental

Tabla
Accompanying Rules:
  • Everyone is required to bring an accompanist or an electronic device for lehra i.e. a lehra box.
Timing:
  • Please adhere to the time limits for your specific age group in both the Semi-Final and Final contests.
Judging Criteria
  • Fidelity (20 points)
    • Discipline and precise execution of the composition (taal)
    • Technical clarity (i.e., knowledge of the swar, proper tuning of the instrument and accompanying instruments)
    • Capturing the spirit of the composition
  • Rhythm (20)
    • Timing of the beats and intervals
    • Explorations of variations in the presentation of the kaydas
  • Stage Presentation (10)
    • Adherence to the time limit
    • Playfulness/creativity
    • Posture and facial expression
    • Confidence
    • Preparedness
    • Dress
  • In addition, extra emphasis is placed on:
    • Coordination of both hands
    • Bols
  • Taal Selection:
    • Returning contestants are not required to have a different taal from what they presented last year.
Vocal
Accompanying Rules:
  • Everyone is required to bring an accompanist or an electronic device for taal i.e. a taalmala.
  • Everyone is required to bring an accompanist or an electronic device for swar i.e. a surpeti, sruthi box, taanpura.
Timing:
  • Please adhere to the time limits for your specific age group in both the Semi-Final and Final contests.
Judging Criteria
  • Fidelity (25 points)
    • Discipline and precise execution of composition
    • Technical clarity (i.e., knowledge of the swar, proper tuning of the accompanying instruments)
    • Capturing the spirit of the composition, with attention to tonality and sound
  • Rhythm (15)
    • Timing of the beats and intervals, laya
    • Explorations of variations in the presentation of taans
  • Stage Presentation (10)
    • Adherence to the time limit
    • Playfulness/creativity
    • Posture and facial expression
    • Confidence
    • Preparedness
    • Dress
Instrumental
Accompanying Rules:
  • Everyone is required to bring an accompanist or an electronic device for taal, i.e. a taalmala
  • An accompanist or an electronic device for swar i.e. a surpeti, sruthi box, taanpura may also be used as needed by an instrument i.e. a flute.
Timing:
  • Please adhere to the time limits for your specific age group in both the Semi-Final and Final contests.
Judging Criteria
  • Fidelity (20 points)
    • Discipline and precise execution of the composition (bandish)
    • Technical clarity (i.e., knowledge of the swar, proper tuning of the instrument and accompanying instruments)
    • Capturing the spirit of the composition
  • Rhythm (20)
    • Timing of the beats and intervals
    • Explorations of variations in the presentation of taans
  • Stage Presentation (10)
    • Adherence to the time limit
    • Playfulness/creativity
    • Posture and facial expression
    • Confidence
    • Preparedness
    • Dress
  • Special consideration for Sitar:
    • Correct usage of fingers
    • Manner of playing sitar

Category Timings

For Semi-Finals
Category
Age
Pre-Juniors
10 and younger
Juniors
13 and younger
Seniors
25 and younger
Tabla N/A 3 mins – 5 mins 3 mins – 5 mins
Vocal 3 mins – 4 mins 3 – 5 3 – 5
Instrumental N/A 3 – 5 3 – 5
For Finals
Category
Age
Pre-Juniors
10 and younger
Juniors
13 and younger
Seniors
25 and younger
Tabla N/A Up to 6 minutes Up to 8 minutes
Vocal Up to 6 minutes Up to 6 minutes Up to 8 minutes
Instrumental N/A Up to 6 minutes Up to 8 minutes

Performance Tips

While the most important aspect of a musical performance is the artistic competency, we do make the following suggestions to help “fine tune” your presentation.

  • Plan ahead of time who will be your accompanist.
  • Plan your item according to the time limits within your category. A volunteer will be keeping time during the competition; look out for signals from him/her.
  • Be near the stage at least 10 minutes before your competition group begins performing.
  • Remain in the hall for the entire duration of the performances within your competition group.
  • Tune your instrument before you get to the stage. Any necessary adjustments after getting on stage should take less than a minute.
  • Acknowledge the audience and the judges.
  • Keep good posture.
  • Smile!

Prizes

The numbers of prizes (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) distributed in a given category depends on the number of participants in that class. If, for example, there are five musicians competing in a class, three prizes will be handed out. For fewer numbers of participants, the number of prizes will be reduced accordingly.

The grand trophy for Performer of the Year goes to the contestant who the judges deem to have given the best overall performance for the day.