Krithi Competition

Please read these rules carefully before registering for the competition.


  • The competition is an individual event. Groups will not be allowed to enter.
  • There will be three age groups — Sub-Junior for ages 6 to 9, Junior for ages 10 to 14, and Senior for ages 15 to 21. (Age should be calculated as of March 1)
  • In addition to these age groups, there will be different categories for vocal and various melody instruments (violin, flute, veena, etc.)


  • All applicants in the Senior category must submit five (5) krithis on the application form, Juniors must submit three (3), and Sub-Juniors one (1).
  • The competition is NOT restricted to the compositions of St. Thyagaraja. While listing the krithis of your preference, please state the raga, tala and composer of the songs in addition to the first few words of the sahitya.
  • The judges will choose which of the krithis must be performed on stage. If the contestant is unable to perform the song that the judges have selected, he/she may be disqualified.
  • The contestant will be asked to perform ONE krithi, with NO raga alapana, niraval or kalpana swaram. A strict time limit of five (5) 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