Harikatha / Kathakalakshepam Competition

Please read these rules carefully before registering for the competition.


  • The competition is an individual event. Groups will not be allowed to enter.
  • You must be of age 21 or less (as of March 1).


  • The topic for your discourse must be a krithi composed by St. Thyagaraja, to be explained in Harikatha form.
  • You should sing bits of the krithi, bring at least 2 analogies, anecdotes, or supporting stories from the puranas and ithihasas, and have some humor.
  • The spoken part of your performance may be in English.
  • A strict time limit of eight (8) 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.
  • The decision of the judges is final and binding.
  • The application for registration and associated entry fee must be received by the deadline, March 24, 2024.
Registration for the competition will open in January