Advanced Pallavi Competition

This category was inspired by the example of Prof. T.R. Subrahmanyam at the Madras Music Academy pallavi competition.

This is a special category. The winner of this competition will:

  • receive a tambura as a prize
  • be provided a 1-hour slot at next year's Festival, to perform a program that includes a pallavi

Please read these rules carefully before registering for the competition.


  • The competition is an individual event. Groups will not be allowed to enter.
  • The competition is open only to vocal and melody instruments (violin, flute, veena, etc.)
  • Entrants must be of age 25 or less (as of March 1), and must have lived in North America for the last at least five years.


  • The ragas for this category are Panthuvarali, Bhairavi, Charukesi, Shanmukhapriya, and Ranjani.
  • The talas are Adi and Kanda Thriputa.
  • The nadais are thisram, chathusram, and kandam.
  • The sahityam for the pallavi will be provided at the venue at 9:00am on the morning of the competition, along with a raga, tala, and nadai.
  • When seated for the competition, the entrant must perform a Ragam-Thanam-Pallavi, with thrikaalam, based on the given choices.
  • A strict time limit of fifteen (15) minutes will be imposed. A buzzer will signal the conclusion of the allotted time. The judges may also request the contestant to stop before the allotted time.
  • You may be questioned by the judges, or asked to demonstrate additional variations on your pallavi.
  • The decision of the judges is final and binding.
  • The application for registration and associated entry fee must be received by the deadline, March 19, 2023.

To enter, please proceed to the registration page.