Anwesha 2019 - BalaVidwan Contest

As a precursor to the main event, The Indira Sivasailam Foundation will be hosting Anwesha – ‘Quest for the Best’ and the ‘BalaVidwan' Contest on September 25, 2019 at The Music Academy, Madras. Anwesha - ‘Quest for the Best’ is an interactive platform for Carnatic music enthusiasts to interact with the winner of the year’s Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal through a question and answer session.This unique initiative aims to bridge the gap between Carnatic artistes and rasikas.

Introduced in 2018, Anwesha – ‘BalaVidwan' Contest provides a platform to budding artistes to showcase their talent. It is open for Carnatic music students of Vocal or Instrumental(Violin and Flute), in the age group of 10-15. An empanelled jury from The Music Academy, Madras, evaluate their performances and shortlisted participants get invited to perform in the presence of Dr. Pantula Rama, the winner of this year's Indira Sivasailam Endowment Medal.

The Foundation invites participants of the BalaVidwan Contest to send in the entries in the form of a video of their renditions, vocal or instrumental (Violin and Flute) of any song related to Classical Carnatic music through The Indira Sivasailam Foundation Facebook page ( on or before September 17, 2019.