Learn and Present

Imagine you get a chance to showcase your talent in music to maestros like Shankar Mahadevan, Dr. TS Sathyavathi, Padma Shankar, Chowdiah’s great grandson Chandan Kumar and others.
SMARANE can make it happen!

SMARANE is a worldwide music competition in Karnatic music, with the theme as “Compositions of Mysore T Chowdiah”. It brings you a rare opportunity to perform in front of maestros and to learn from the direct feedback you get from them. And the best part, the entire contest - from selection to finale as well as the mentorship would be online! So now you can connect with the greatest maestros of your field simply from the comfort of your homes.

Meet the winners!
Junior category: Aniruddha Krishna
Senior category: Jyothsna BS (violin) | Akshay Sankarshana | Deepashree SM


Who can take part in SMARANE

A one-of-its kind contest, SMARANE is open to Karnatic music vocalists and violinists from around the world. 

Note: You have to present one of the compositions of Chowdiah either from www.chowdiah.com or from any other source. 

The Grand Finale will take place in front of maestros in an online music festival where the winner would perform and showcase your talent to the maestros and get direct feedback from them!

Terms and Conditions – General

  • Participants between the ages of 6 and 14 would be eligible to participate in the “Children” category. Participants above 14+ would be eligible to participate in the “Adults” category.
  • A participant can submit only one audio/video per registration in the given formats. No requests for changing the file that is submitted initially will be entertained.
  • The category in which the participant falls has to be selected prior to enrollment and cannot be changed.
  • Participants will receive Feedback for one rendition only. Multiple songs will be considered as separate entries and would require separate enrolments/registrations.
  • The uploaded content will not be returned to the Participant. It will be archived. The Academy reserves the right to use the rendition as it deems fit.
  • There will be no refunds on the registration fee.
  • Any complaints related to the Feedback will be addressed according to the discretion of the Academy.
  • The decision of the Academy judges would be final.
  • Instructors from Participating Academies (Shankar Mahadevan Academy, Indian Music Experience Museum, Partner Art Academies and Teachers) are not eligible to participate in the contest.

Terms and Conditions - Technical

  • Participants have to sing or play a composition of T Chowdiah only
  • Participants are required to use Tanpura (Instrument, Electronic, App).
  • The duration of the song/rendition should not exceed 6 minutes.
  • For vocal, please film the video in landscape mode, where the tala is clearly visible
  • For violin, please film the video in landscape mode where the entire violin is visible
  • If selected for the final round you will have to present a different composition.