Vaadya Manjari

Inviting all musicians to play classical Indian or devotional music on instrument of their choice.

Hindustani Percussion | Hindustani Melody | Carnatic Percussion | Carnatic Melody | Non-Indian Melody

Ages: 10 and under | 11 -17 years | 18 and above

Skill Level: Beginners | Intermediate | Advanced

Classical | Devotional
Registration Fee: $15/category
Last day of registration: Sep 12, 2020

Submit your video by: Sep 19, 2020

Sample list of instruments:
Hindustani Melody: Sitar, Sarod, Rudra Veena, Sarangi, Santoor, Violin, Bansuri, Harmonium (devotional)
Hindustani Percussion: Tabla, Pakhawaj
Carnatic Melody: Chitra Veena, Saraswati Veena, Violin, Venu, Mandolin
Carnatic Percussion: Mridangam, Ghatam, Kanjira
Non-Indian: Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Flute, Violin, Viola, Saxophone, Clarinet


5 and up
Max Seat:
Registration Deadline - Sep 12, 2020. Submission Deadline - Sep 19, 2020

Vaadya Manjari

Instrumental Music Competition (Online)

Inviting all musicians to play classical Indian or devotional music on instrument of their choice.

Hindustani Percussion| Hindustani Melody | Carnatic Percussion| Carnatic Melody | Non-Indian Melody

10 and under| 11 -17 years | 18 and above

Beginner | Intermediate | Advanced

Classical | Devotional

Registration Fee: $15/category
Last day for registration: Sep 12, 2020

Submit your video by: Sep 19, 2020


Rules and Guidelines

1. Deadline for completing registration is Sep 12, 2020.

2. Deadline for submission of video is Sep 19, 2020.

3. A panel of judges will individually score a performance based on the rubrics. The judges may also consider additional criteria in their decision-making.

4. Participants must first complete registration at They will create a video recording of their performance in a noise-free environment. This video will be uploaded to YouTube and a link to the YouTube video should be sent to along with the proof of registration.

5. Time limit for each category is: a) Beginner: 4 minutes, b) Intermediate: 7 minutes, c) Advanced: 10 minutes. Going over the time limit will incur a 10 point penalty.

6. Participants should not announce their name or any personal information in the video.

7. The competition is an individual event. Participants will perform solo.

8. No edits should be performed to the original video shot. If any edits are identified in the video, the participant will be disqualified.

9. The videos will be sent to the judges for judgement.

10. Winners will be declared on October 11, 2020.  Performance videos of winners will be posted on Shiksha Facebook Page.

11. Judges’ decisions will be absolutely final.

12. Judges will not reveal the scores they have recorded on the scoring sheet provided.

Hindustani percussion
1. Tanpura accompaniment is compulsory.
2. Nagma/Lehra accompaniment is compulsory for Intermediate and Advanced level participants.
3. Participants should specify the Taal and RoopResha (Kaida, Raila, Peshkar, Gat, Tukda) at the beginning of the video recording.

Hindustani melody
1. Tanpura and tabla accompaniment are compulsory.
2. Participants performing a classical piece should specify the raag and the taal of the bandish at the beginning of the video recording. They should also specify the aaroh and avroh of the raag they are presenting.
3. Participants performing in Devotional category should specify the bhajan at the beginning of the video recording. Bonus points to those who sing 1-2 lines of the bhajan in tune with the instrument.


Non-Indian melody
1. Participants are required to perform a Devotional piece (bhajan) only.
2. Participants should specify the bhajan at the beginning of the video recording. Bonus points to those who sing the bhajan in tune with the instrument.


The participants will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Tonal quality

2. Matter presented in the performance

3. Manner of presentation

4. Laya & Taal

5. Overall Presentation

Judging Panel

Sh. Suman Chatterjee     Sh. Suman Chatterjee

Sh. Suman Chatterjee – Hindustani Percussionist

Sh. Suman Chatterjee inherited the art of music from his parents and began his tabla training at the age of five. His unique style is based on the intensive training which he acquired from the great Gurus, Ustad Satyo Dubay, Pandit Ganesh Das and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee of Calcutta, the eminent exponent and director of the Farukhabad gharana. He holds a Sangeet Ratna, Sangeet Prabhakar, and Sangeet Visharad in music (Tabla) and has been conferred honors for his distinguished contributions in the field of tabla by the various National and Internationals level musical organizations and prestigious Music Festivals.

Sh. Suman ji has played Tabla with many eminent artists in India and abroad. As a soloist and accompanist he has traveled throughout India and abroad.

Sh. Sanjay Karandikar     Sh.Sanjay Karandikar

Sh. Sanjay Karandikar – Hindustani Percussionist

An exponent of Indian Percussion Instruments – Tabla & Dholki, Sh. Sanjay Karandikar, is a disciple of Late Pt. Madhav Karandikar, Late Pt.Shashikant Bellare, Pt. Vikas Datar and Pt. Ramdas Palsule, Pt.Dattatraya Bhave, Pt.Vivek Joshi.

Sanjay Ji ranked 2nd in All India Ranking for Sangeet Alankar (Tabla). He is an accredited artist for All India Radio and Television, and has published books and audio-visual aids on Tabla & Dholki which are extensively used by students. He is an acclaimed accompanist of Tabla & Dholki and has performed with several renowned artists. He has also performed for music tracks of regional films, documentaries and television serials. He was selected for the award of Senior Fellowship for 2015-2016 in the field of Classical Music Sub-Field Hindustani (Instrumental) by Center for Cultural Resources (CCRT) by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.  

Sh. Abhishek Borkar     Sh. Abhishek Borkar

Sh. Abhishek Borkar – Sarod

Born into a musically rich family, Sh. Abhishek Borkar, underwent training in vocal and tabla at the age 4, before anchoring himself on the Sarod, under the tutelage of his father and Guru Pt. Shekhar Borkar.

Abhishek ji presented his first concert at age 10, and was awarded a National Talent scholarship instituted by the C.C.R.T (Government of India) at the age of 11. He won many music competitions, presented programs for the All India Radio, and released his first solo CD titled ‘Pratibha’ in 2008, at the age of 16.

Abhishek’s renditions are characterized by a unique blend of the sarod, sitar, and vocal styles of Hindustani Music. His natural instinct for aesthetic music coupled with his incredible control over sur and laya have enthralled audiences in various parts of India and abroad.

Dr. Raktima Sarkar     Dr. Raktima Sarkar

Dr. Raktima Sarkar – Sitarist

Sitarist, Dr. Raktima Sarkar, started her musical career under the guidance of her mother, Smt Anjali Roy, and Shri Pulok Neogi in Behrampore W.B. Later, she trained under Prof. Pandit Suresh Mishra, Prof. Dr. Rajbhan Singh, and recevied advanced training under eminent Sitarist, Padmabhushan Prof. Debu Chowdhury.

She earned Doctrate in Music(Sitar) from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. While Pursuing Doctorate in Music, she pursued detailed studies on “Prachalita” and “Aprachalita” Ragas, and submitted own compositions on forty ragas.

As an associate teacher of Sitar in the Faculty of Music & Fine Arts, BHU (1993-2002), she taught Sitar to students from various part of the world. She served as “Music Guru at DLW Music college” where she taught and mentored students working towards their “Sangeet Prabhakar” degree. She also served as an examiner for Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahbad.

She has performed extensively and won many awards in state level music competitions. She is currently associated with Vidushi Deepali Nag -Saptasur Nag Academy.

Dr. Amie Maciszewski     Dr. Amie Maciszewski

Dr. Amie Maciszewski – Sitarist

Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an internationally acclaimed sitarist, teaching artist, and ethnomusicologist who has spent her adult life studying, performing, teaching, and promoting the music of South Asia. Her training includes a decade’s study in India, both academic (BMus Gold Medalist/MMus Merit Scholar, Santiniketan, W. Bengal) and immersion apprenticeship (under the late Pandit Suresh Misra); a Ph.D. (UTexas/Austin) and Post-doctoral Fellowship (UAlberta, Canada) in ethnomusicology; and mentorship with Grammy-nominated sarode Maestro Aashish Khan (periodic since 1991) and the late Hindustani vocal diva Padmavibhushan Girija Devi (1996-2017). Amie has performed in concerts and taught in residencies, workshops, and on several university faculties throughout North America, India, Pakistan, Europe, and Japan. She is a juried artist on the Texas Arts Commission Touring Roster and Mid-America Arts Alliance, Empaneled Artist of India World Cultural Forum, and multiple grant awardee from the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture (2017-present) and City of Austin Cultural Arts Division (2000-13). She was awarded the Gandharva Puruskar in 2014 by Hindustan Art & Music Society (Burdwan, India) for her contributions to Indian music abroad.

Sri Dhamodharan Srinivasan     Sri Dhamodharan Srinivasan

Sri Dhamodharan Srinivasan – Carnatic Percussionist

Sri Dhamodharan Srinivasan has accompanied several leading grade vocal and instrumental artists from India and in the US. He has accompanied innumerable dance performances and arangetrams in the Midwest, California as well as New England. He underwent training under Grammy award winner and renowned Ghatam artist Shri “Vikku” Vinayakram and Shri Subhash Chandran. Later he pursued advanced techniques under the guidance of Shri Ramnad Raghavan. In addition to being a performing artist, he has also a teacher of Mridangam. Some of his students are now performing artists on the Mridangam in their own right. Music is his hobby.

Sh Hareesh Parthasarathy     Sh Hareesh Parthasarathy

Sh Hareesh Parthasarathy – Carnatic Percussionist

An active percussionist from California Bay Area musical fraternity, Sh Hareesh Parthasarathy, began his journey as a mridanagist under the tutelage of Late Vidwan Sri. Sampath Kumar, and Late Vidwan “Layachoodamani” Sri. Trivandrum R. Vaidyanathan.

Hareesh ji has the privilege of accompanying many eminent artists in concerts. He is one of the founder member and organizer of event, “Raghuvara”, commemorating his Gurus.

Dr  Amrutha Viswanatha     Dr Amrutha Viswanatha

Dr. Amrutha Viswanatha – Veena & Flute

Dr. Amrutha Viswanatha is a practicing physician in Maryland, USA, and a devoted musician. She was fortunate to have found her guru in New Jersey, Smt. Kamala Natarajan, a distinguished traditional veena player. Smt. Kamala Natarajan taught her the intricacies of Carnatic music and molded her in to a Vainika. She took advanced lessons and also learned Bamboo flute from the very revered guru, late Vidvan Sri A.V. Prakash from Mysore.

Amrutha ji has played several solo veena concerts and has been part of orchestra for dozens of Bharathanatya and Kuchipudi arangetrams. She teaches Veena & Flute.

Rubela Sarkar     Smt. Rubela Sarkar

Smt. Rubela Sarkar – Hindustani Vocalist

Born in a musical family, Smt. Rubela Sarkar gave her first performance at the age of 4 in Benaras.  She started her journey in Hindustani classical music under the guidance of Shree Deepak Mukherjee and her mother, Dr. Raktima Sarkar. She learned semi-classical under the tutelage of famous thumri artist, Lt. Smt. Vidushi Purnima Chaudhary.  

Notable musical accomplishments:

1. AIR Varanasi – Child artist 2. Sangeet Natak Academy – Winner in Kanishta Varg 3. Awarded national scholarship by Govt of India under the ministry of HRD 4. Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad 5. Appeared in Doordarshan Benaras

Her ambition is to nurture students to grow into future artists and to know the rich cultural heritage of Indian Classical music, and to promote “Guru-Shishya” parampara.