Rising Stars

Sangeet Mela 2017 Rising Star Award conditions will be posted and applications open very soon…

Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award 2016 Winners

Ku Oaviya Bavanendrakumar (Carnatic vocal) - Oaviya Bavanendrakumar started learning Carnatic Vocal and Violin under the tutelage of Smt. Manthahini Bogahawatte in 2006 at the age of 7. Since 2009 she has been learning Carnatic Vocal and Violin under the tutelage of Sri B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Chennai, India), taking lessons over Skype regularly, and directly during visits to Chennai in summer holidays. Under her Guru’s […]
Ku Mathuja Bavanendrakumar (Carnatic violin) - Mathuja Bavanendrakumar began learning violin in 2006 under the tutelage of Smt. Manthahini Bogahawatte (Brisbane, Aus). Since 2009 she has been learning under the tutelage of Sri B.U. Ganesh Prasad (Chennai, India)m with lessons taken over Skype regularly, and directly during visits to Chennai in summer holidays. Under her Guru’s guidance she has undertaken the Grade 6 ACMS […]
Sri Hariharan Vaheesan (Miruthangam) - Hariharan Vaheesan has been learning miruthangam under his guru Sri Arthavan Selvanathan since 2007.  He progressed through the basic lessons and simple thaalams quite rapidly. Subsequently he has been focusing on more complex rhythmic aspects, such as Korvais, larger Theermanams and Nadais. Additionally he has gained experience accompanying local vocalists and instrumentalists such as veena players in various concerts in […]
Ku Ananya Muralidharan (Hindustani vocal) - Ananya Muralidharan began her early training in Carnatic music at the age of 5 from Smt. Raji Krishnamoorthy, and Smt. Suma Rudrapatna (2003-2008). Growing up in Adelaide, she was a regular performer at the Shruthi Adelaide (Inc) organisation’s community events. She was a School Choir member during 2007-2008. Decided to withdraw from the choir, since it was […]
Ku Vellantina Ravirajah (Bharatanatyam Dance) - Vellantina Ravirajah has been learning Bharatanatyam Dance from her guru Smt. Chitra Yogi Srikhanta since the age of five. Over the past 11 years she has had the opportunity to perform at various events and programs. In 2014 at the age of 14, she completed her arangeetram under the guidance of her guru. In 2014, Tina had the privileged opportunity to travel […]


As part of Sangeet Mela’s mission to foster Indian classical culture in Brisbane, several young artists will be given the opportunity to perform at the festival and will receive a “Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award”. Each year one or two awards may be given in each of four categories (Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion and Dance), each in the two broad genres of Hindustani and Carnatic Sangeet.

Download the Rising Stars Application Form here. (Instructions on submitting your application are in the form.)


  • Two genres – Hindustani, Carnatic
    Four categories – Vocal, Instrumental, Percussion, Dance.

  • Applications close Friday 22nd July, 2016. Winners will be informed by Friday 5th August, 2016.

    • Winners must be available to present 20 minutes performance (15 minutes for percussion) at Sangeet Mela 2016 on Saturday 3rd September at QLD Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point.

    • Open to applicants born after 3rd September 1991 (under 25 years old on the date of Brisbane Sangeet Mela). Previous Sangeet Premi Rising Star Award winners are not eligible. It is expected that applicants will be capable of performing at a high standard approaching professional level. We do not recommend that young children apply unless they are unusually talented.

    • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents for at least 5 years to be eligible.

  • Judging committee may not give an award in some categories if the quality of applications is deemed insufficient. The award may also be granted to any individual deemed worthy by the judging committee, although they may not have officially applied.  In 2016 we hope to award 3-5 awards in the 8 overall categories. 

  • Past/planned study trips to India viewed favourably.

  • Applicants should submit the completed application form along with support material.

  • Compulsory support material – artist photo, biodata, and video file of applicant’s example performance.

  • Optional support material – press reviews, references from guru and/or other respected parties.

  • Entrants from outside the Brisbane region are eligible but must cover their own expenses to participate in the festival.

  • Winners may choose their own accompaniment for the concert, or have accompanists arranged by the Brisbane Sangeet Mela Organising Committee. Please note there is no budget for paying these performers.

It is hoped that these annual awards will encourage young students of Indian classical arts to pursue their practice diligently year by year, practise regularly with other musicians, give classical performances at community events, visit India for the purposes of taleem and riaz, and aim to present themselves as artists with attractive photos, biodata and video. In so doing we hope to foster the development of Indian classical music broadly in the community – those who do not win may benefit more in the long term than those who do!

Requirements for 20 minutes performance (15 mins for percussion)


  • Vocal – minimum 1 Chhota Khyal or Dhrupad bandish; other pieces may be classical or semi-classical.

  • Instrumental – performance of one raga including alap and 1 or 2 gats.

  • Percussion (15 mins) – tabla or pakhawaj lehera accompanied by naghma.

  • Dance – Classical Kathak or Odissi performance including one item for laya component and one item for abhinaya component.  May use live accompaniment or CD, but preparation of live accompaniment will be viewed favourably.


  • Vocal – 2-3 minute raga aalaap, rendition of a kriti, Niraval (2 rounds of slow tempo and 3 rounds of fast tempo and chauka kaalam, if capable) and Kalpana swaram. Optional Thillana to complete 20 minutes.

  • Instrumental – equivalent to Carnatic vocal repertoire above.

  • Percussion (15 mins) – Thani Avarthanam concluding with Farans, Mohora-Korvai and Theermanam

  • Dance – Classical Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi or Mohiniyattam performance including one item for laya component and one item for abhinaya component.  May use live accompaniment or CD, but preparation of live accompaniment will be viewed favourably.

Video submitted in application should reflect these requirements.

Download the Rising Stars Application Form here.

For further information, please email awards@sangeetmela.org

6 thoughts on “Rising Stars

  1. Rohit

    Hi Shen,

    This looks fantastic! I would like to participate in the vocal category. I am student of Mr Rahim Zulla. I would love to perform a vocal rendition. Please contact me on my email or mobile: 0402106292.


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  3. sriram

    My daughter Shivani has been learning Bharatanatyam since the age of 7. She would like to participate in the dance category. On the website it is mentioned that dance should be either Classical Kathak or Odissi. Please let me know if my daughter can perform Bharatanatyam .

    1. Shen Post author

      Thanks for your query. We are just starting up Brisbane Sangeet Mela as an annual festival and for this first year we are focusing on North Indian classical music and dance, with live accompaniment if possible. As the festival grows in the coming years we hope to expand the scope and duration of the festival to include classical music and dance from all over the Indian subcontinent.

  4. Ruchi

    Hi Shen,
    Could you please advise on how to submit the application form?
    The link shown at 7th bullet points above is suppose to be for submitting the application form. However, upon clicking, it takes to downloading of application form.
    I can’t find any other tab on this webpage for Form submission neither an email address where it can be sent over email.
    I really wish if this website could be more user friendly however, in the meantime, appreciate if you could guide on how to send/submit application form for an emerging talent.
    Looking forward of receiving your response.
    Regards/ Ruchi

    1. Shen Post author

      Hi Ruchi

      I’m sorry it’s not clear and will edit the page shortly. At the bottom of the conditions the email address for application submissions is mentioned: awards@sangeetmela.org
      All the best
      aum mani padme hum


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