Music Contest 2020




INR 199



Chiranjeeb Ghosh
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Great initiative. Instrumental Music Contests are rare. I think it is one of its kind for non-professional artists. Definitely participating.
Ruby Purakait
New Delhi
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Feeling excited. Rules are simple yet interesting. I'm participating.
Harsh Kant
Toronto, Canada
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Thank you for this opportunity in this pandemic. Really something to cheer about. I hope to clear the 1st round at least ūüôā

Who Can Participate

Amateur, Non-Professional, Musicians Over 19 Years Of Age

Anyone can participate in this Instrumental Music Contest, provided that he/she:

  • Should be over 19 years of age (as on 01st November 2020).¬† There is no maximum age limit. (Your date of birth certificate may be demanded by us, if needed).
  • Should not be a professional artist who performs for a living.

Design of this Instrumental Music Contest

Contest Opens

From 13th October 2020

Send Entries

By WhatsApp to: +91-9013921743 or,
By Email to:

Entries Close

at 23:59 Hrs on 30th October 2020

Shortlisting for next round

From 31st Oct till 10th Nov

Performance Round

12th Nov till 17th Nov

Shortlisting for Final Round

From 18th Nov till 21st Nov

Judges (Final) Round & Result Declaration

22nd November 2020

How To Participate

Send a 120-Second Video Recording

  • Fill up the Registration Form at the bottom of this page.
  • Make payment of Registration Fee
  • Record your 02-minute video, playing any one film song, folk song, ghazal, bhajan or Raag bandish of your choice on your instrument. You may check out the songs listed on this site.
  • Send it through Whatsapp only to +91-9013921743 as “[Song/Tune’s ¬†Title (space) Instrument Name (space) Full Name (space) Sex/Age¬†(space) Place] Example: Sholay Theme Harmonica Sunny Mathur F/36 Mumbai.
  • Your entry should reach us before¬†23:59 hrs, 30th Oct 2020.

What can you send

As an entry for your participation, you can record and send one of the following :

  • A Film Song
  • A Folk Song
  • A Bhajan
  • A Ghazal
  • A Raag/Bandish


Your participation in this Instrumental Music Contest will be cancelled under following circumstances:

  • If your video is not a live recording.
  • If your video has been recorded in a studio.
  • If your face is clearly not visible in the video.
  • If your entry is received after cut-off date/s.
  • If you use different phone numbers to send multiple recordings.
  • If information provided by you is found to be incorrect.
  • If you do not make payment of registration fee.

Selection Process

Performance & Challenge

In the Entry Round, out of all the entries received on or before 23:59 hrs 30th Oct 2020, only top 25 entries will be shortlisted for next round.

List of Top 25 Musicians will be displayed on this website on 11th November 2020. Intimation will be sent to the winners of this round through WhatsApp messages on their registered mobile numbers.  

Next, in Performance Round, the Top 25 Musicians will be asked to play and record any of the songs from a particular list on their instruments.  The list of songs will be uploaded on this website on 12th November 2020.  Musicians will be required to record their playing for a maximum of 120 seconds and forward those to +919013921743 only through WhatsApp before 00:00 hrs 17th November 2020. 

From the Performance Round, Top 10 Musicians will be shortlisted for Judges’ Round.¬† Their names will be displayed on this website on 21st November 2020.

Finally, in the¬†Judges’ Round¬†on 22nd November 2020¬†the top 10 Musicians will have to perform¬†(through Video Conference)¬†on the challenges given by the Judges on the spot.¬†¬†

Decision of the Judges will be final and binding on all participants of this Instrumental Music Contest .


Based on the performances in the Judges’ Round, top 3 winners of this Instrumental Music Contest will be declared on 22nd November 2020.¬† Prizes shall be credited into their Bank Accounts. Digital Certificates shall be sent to them by emails.


'Early-Birds' Prize

FREE N&S' E-Book : 'Let's Play Music' for first 50 Entries

1st Prize

Rs.5,000/- + Appreciation Certificate + Social Media Promotion

2nd Prize

Rs.2,500/- + Appreciation Certificate + Social Media Promotion

3rd Prize

Rs.1,500/- + Appreciation Certificate + Social Media Promotion


To all Top 25 Musicians

Who Are The Judges for this Instrumental Music Contest

Sh. Nilanjan Sengupta

An exemplary musician who is deft at playing Tabla, Drums, Dholak, Djembe, Duff, Keyboard, Harmonium Nilanjan Sengupta is also a music composer, and a teacher.¬† He has been pursuing professional music for over two decades now.¬† He also regularly performs at India’s national TV channel¬†Doordarshan.¬†¬†

A Sangeet Visharad in Indian Classical Music from Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, he has been performing in India, Greece, China, Bangladesh, along with renowned music maestros like, Richa Sharma (Mumbai), Ashwini Bhide (Mumbai), Kamalini Mukherji (USA), Shama Rehman (Bangladesh), Bulbul Islam (Bangladesh), Supratik Das (Kolkata), Shounak Chattopadhyay (Kolkata), Sultana Chowdhury (Bangladesh), Soumik Pal (Kolkata), Joydeb Chatterjee (Kolkata), Riddhi Banerjee (Kolkata), Sagnik Sen (Kolkata) and many others. 

Presently, he teaches Percussions at Delhi Public School, NOIDA.

Sh. Prabhat Das 

A Tabla player/percussionist who has been learning the art of Tabla in a guru-shishya parampara since he was 8. He did his bachelors in Indian Classical music, with majors in Tabla and Indian Rhythms. Prabhat has also successfully toured with his band Kalatva Collective, Aayaam in Germany, Sweden, Denmark, UK and Poland.

Prabhat is also associated with Music Basti, an NGO focused on educating underprivileged children in music. He finished his Masters in World and Folk Music and Improvisation from H√ĖGSKOLAN F√ĖR SCEN OCH MUSIK, University of Gothenburg and currently works as a Music Teacher at Bladins International School Malm√∂, Sweden.

Smt. Sumana Sengupta 

A Sangeet Visharad from Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh and a Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad, Sumana Sengupta has been passionate about her music since she was 4 years old. She is also a fine Harmonium and Keyboard player.  A music composer and a vocalist par excellence, she has been teaching music for over a decade.  Currently she is imparting knowledge on Indian Classical Music at the Bal Bharti Public School, NOIDA.


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About the Associates

A not-for-profit organisation that works for the upliftment of underprivileged has sponsored this event

India's No.1 magazine on Corporate Social Responsibility, has co-sponsored this musical event

A Digital Marketing and Online Events organising set up is associated with this event as Digital Partner.


Management of Notes & Sargam reserves the right to change/alter the dates/time, method, mode of this instrumental musical contest.  Registration fees once paid, shall not be refunded, except for exigent circumstances, decision of which will remain solely with Notes & Sargam Management team. Decision of the Judges about selection of participants at all stages will be final and binding on everybody associated with this contest.

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