Thillana 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 in the age range of 10–21 (as of March 1) to compete.
  • This category is open to vocal and melody instruments. Competitors will not be separated into vocal and instrumental categories, and only one set of prizes will be given out.


  • All applicants must submit three (3) thillanas in the application form. When listing your choices of thillanas, please include the raga, tala, and composer of the thillana.
  • The judges will choose which of the thillanas must be performed on stage. If you are unable to perform what the judges have selected, you may be disqualified.
  • 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