Anwesha 2019 - BalaVidwan Contest

As a precursor to the main event, The Indira Sivasailam Foundation hosted 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 that 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. This year, apart from the vocal and instrumental (flute and violin) categories for children in the age group of 10-15, an open category was introduced for artistes in the age group of 16-20. The event saw commendable performances from young participants in all three categories.

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.