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GRACE Foundation Announces a ‘First of its kind’ National Contest for Young Indian Classical Vocalists

Gunijaan Research Art Culture and Education (GRACE) Foundation is launching the “Gunijaan Bandish Pratiyogita,” a pan-India classical singing contest. On the occasion of the birth centenary of renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Padmabhushan Pandit C.R. Vyas.

This talent hunt is curated by Shashi Vyas, founder of GRACE Foundation and son of Pandit C.R. Vyas, and ideated by Aparna Kelkar, a senior disciple of Pandit C.R. Vyas. The contest aims to provide a platform for promising singers of Indian classical music between the ages of 16 and 30. Participants will compete in male and female categories, performing bandishes composed by the legendary maestro. Winners in each category will be awarded substantial cash prizes. This contest is managed by Pancham Nishad.

Quotes from the Organisers:

Shashi Vyas founder of GRACE foundation states, “This contest is a sincere tribute to my father, Pandit C.R. Vyas, who devoted his life to Hindustani classical music. We aim to inspire young talent and give them an opportunity to showcase their skills.”

Aparna Kelkar says, “Pandit C.R. Vyas’s bandishes are masterpieces of musical excellence. This contest not only honours his legacy but also encourages young classical vocalists to explore and preserve this rich heritage.”

About Pandit C.R. Vyas:

Known as “Gunijaan” in the music world, Pandit C.R. Vyas was a towering figure in Hindustani classical music. Celebrated for his expressive voice and emotive renditions, he composed over 200 bandishes that remain popular among classical musicians. His contributions to music have been recognised with many honours, including the Padma Bhushan.

Registration Details:

Aspiring participants can find more information and register for the contest at last date for registration is 15th July 2024.

About GRACE Foundation:

The Gunijaan Research Art Culture and Education (GRACE) Foundation is dedicated to promoting Indian classical music and nurturing emerging talent. Through various initiatives and events, the Foundation strives to preserve and propagate India’s rich cultural heritage.

For more information please contact – 8484012431.


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