Music Contest 2020



Season-1 of Notes&Sargam Instrumental Music Contest 2020

Notes & Sargam’s IMC 2020 Season-1 is reaching its finale on 22nd Nov 2020. We thank everyone for their overwhelming response to Season-1 of this contest. The judgment was based on certain criteria set by the judges who are learned and experienced musicians. 

Notes & Sargam strives to promote music and encourage self-taught musicians to showcase their talent. This contest is one small step in that direction. Please watch these Amateur musicians giving their best for the contest. 

Please do appreciate them for their efforts considering the fact that they do not belong to the category of ‘learned-musicians’, rather they are self-taught and pursuing their passion for music.

Following Contestants made it to the Finals of the Contest

(Names in alphabetical order)

1Anil Kumar ShrivastavaM/549**8402FluteMaharashtraIndia
2Bhavesh Gajiram ShahareM/349**6736KeyboardMaharashtraIndia
3Borhan Uddin biswashM/4025751726FluteChuadangaBangladesh
4Dr Udaya Chand DasM/55+971**7330Hawaiian GuitarDubaiUAE
5Madhur YadavM/299**6150FlutePunjabINDIA
6Manuel SebastianM/419**7653GuitarKeralaINDIA
7Milind BhagwatM/56+233**1274MelodicaGr. Accra.Ghana
8Parikshit JagtapM/429**0536FluteMaharashtraIndia
9Retikesh MaliM/219**8446HarmonicaMaharashtraindia
10Sisir PaulM/607**5556DholakWest BengalIndia

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Rules for Final Round


(1) Top 10 winners of Round-2, as listed above will be called over Video Conference (VC) on 22nd November 2020 at 3:30 PM (IST). This format is designed to avoid last minute technical glitches that might occur during live Video Conference.

(2) JUDGES’ CHOICE ROUND : Contestants shall come prepared with the following songs. Start practicing, right away!

a) Jab Deep Jale Ana (Yesudas)

b) Ore Piya (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

c) Ye Sham Mastani (Kishore Kumar)

d) Lag Ja Gale (Lata Mangeshkar)

Judges may randomly ask you to perform any of these songs. You will have 45 minutes to record that song and submit.

(3) FREESTYLE ROUND : Contestants shall be asked to record and submit one song of their choice on the spot.

(4) Based on the performances of both the above rounds, the Judges will give their scores. They may also interact with the Contestants about these performances. Finally, they will declare the winners of Notes & Sargam Instrumental Music Contest 2020 based on the average scores of all the judges.

(4) Videos must be sent in their original format. No links will be allowed. (Keep your recordings to under 2 and 1/2 minutes for faster uploading).

(5) Videos should be sent by WhatsApp to +91-9013921743

(6) Videos submitted by the Contestants will become available to Notes & Sargam with no obligations to use them in its website and other digital platform.

(7) Decision of the judges will be final and binding.



INR 5,000/- + Certificate by Notes & Sargam + Certificate by Indian Achievers’ Forum (one of the Sponsors) + Winner’s Story on N&S Website + Winner’s Story on CSR TIMES Magazine + Social Media Promotion


INR 2,500/- + Certificate by Notes & Sargam Winner’s Story on N&S Website + Social Media Promotion 


INR 1,500/- + Certificate by Notes & Sargam Winner’s Story on N&S Website + Social Media Promotion 


Certificate by Notes & Sargam to all Top-25 Contestants.

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 HÖGSKOLAN FÖR SCEN OCH MUSIK, University of Gothenburg and currently works as a Music Teacher at Bladins International School Malmö, 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.

About the Associates

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

A forum that promotes outstanding Indian achievers in various fields including Arts & Culture

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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