contest logo

08th – 18th October 2022


Out of 23 Round-2 performers, we had a tough time in selecting the 10 best from them.  After much deliberation and discussions between the judges, we selected following performers as Top-10.  These Top-10 contestants competed in the finals on October 17th-18th 2022.   

Their performances were superlatively impressive, considering the fact that they were not professionals.  For us, every participant in contest is a winner because competing in Notes&Sargam’s Instrumental Music Contest is challenging.  Contestants hardly get time to prepare and present their performances.  

But, since it was a ‘contest’ we had to select the winners, and hence, based on their abilities to play in Sur, Taal and Laya our judges gave them the following ranking.  The decision making was so tough for the judges that they had to split the 3rd position between Mihika Nakhe and Rishabh Bamniya. 



RANKINSTRUMENTALISTINSTRUMENTPersonal Choice RoundJudge’s Choice RoundAVG. (Out of 30)
1SPONDON MUKHERJEEViolinDil kya kareDil ne kaha chupke se27.3
2MIHIKA GANGULISitarAgomoni songPuchho na kaise26.3
3RISHABH BAMYANKeyboardYaad piya ki ayeBachna aye haseeno26.0
4MIHIKA NAKHEViolinMarathi songMere Dholna26.0
5BOHRANUDDINFluteO sathi re tere bina bhiAja tujhko pukare25.0
7RAVINDRA NAKHEHarmonicaYad kiya dil Musafir Hu yaro24.7
6BHAVESH SHAHAREKeyboardKisi rah pe Piya to se naina24.0
8SAJAL DHIRHarmonicaDil kya kareChhoo kar mere mann23.0
9RETIKESH MALIHarmonicaGana nayakayaMere Sapno ki22.3
10MILIND BHAGWATMelodicaCould not participate in the finals 

All the performances have been uploaded on our YouTube Channel 


Out of over 250 nominations, we had a tough time in selecting the following instrumentalists for the ‘Performance Round’.  In fact, the competition for the entry round was so tough that we had to select not 20, but 23 talented instrumental players.  These artists will now interact with the judges on 8th October (Saturday) through an online video conference.  After that, they will be given their next challenge to perform.  Based on that performance only top-10 instrumentalists will move to the next round, i.e., the Judges Round.

This time, our youngest participant is just 13-year old and our eldest participant is just 81-year old!


(List in no particular order):

2Sajal DhirM/48**6243Harmonica
3Madhur YadavM/30**6150Flute
4Shaibal BanerjeeM/49**0715Guitar
5Avinash BhaveM/81**5614Flute
6Bhavesh Gajiram ShahareM/37**6736Keyboard
7Spondon MukherjeeM/15**6303Violin
8Sudhir ChauhanM/47**9567Harmonica
9Siba MohapatraM/13**2683Keyboard
10Pradip AdurM/68**3396Harmonica
11Milind BhagwatM/58**1274Melodica
12Retikesh MaliM/23**8446Harmonica
13Anil Kumar SrivastavaM/63**1187Flute
14Parikshit JagtapM/44**0536Flute
15Rishabh BamniyaM/18**0587Keyboard
16Chinmay Kr MahantaM/14**7961Keyboard
17Manuel SebastianM/42**7653Guitar
18Deepak SarangiM/37**7980Electric Guitar
19Mihika NakheF/15**5’28Violin
20Borhan Uddin biswashM/41**2926Flute
21Pehlaj MishraM/14**8944Guitar
22Mihika GanguliF/13**0016Sitar
23Ravindra NakheM/54**0570Harmonica

These Entry Round performances have been uploaded on our YouTube Channel 


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

  • Should be over 12 years of age (as on 01st October 2022).  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.
  • Instruments allowed: Any wind / key / string instruments on which songs can be played such as, Flute, Harmonica, Trumpet, Saxophone, Shehnai, Harmonium, Piano, Keyboard, Banjo, Melodica, Sitar, Guitar, Violin, Celo, Santoor, Sarod, Sarangi, Surbahar, Veena, etc. etc. (this list is only illustrative not exhaustive)


  • Fill up the Registration Form
  • Make payment of Registration Fee
  • Record your 01-minute video
  • 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, 25th Sep 2022.

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

You may also check out the songs listed on this site.


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.



In the Entry Round, out of all the entries received on or before 23:59 hrs 25th Sep 2022, top 20 entries will be shortlisted for the Performance round.  List of Top 20 Musicians will be displayed on this website on 30th Sep 2022. Intimation will be sent to the winners of this round through WhatsApp messages on their registered mobile numbers.


Next, in Performance Round, the qualified artists will interact with the judges on 8th October (Saturday) through an online video conference.  After that, they will be given their next challenge to perform.  Based on that performance only top-10 instrumentalists will move to the next round, i.e., the Judges Round.


Finally, in the Judges’ Round on 15th October 2022 the top 10 Musicians will have to perform (through Video Conference) on two challenges – first will be a song of their choice and second will be a song given by the Judges on the spot. Participants will be given 01-hour to prepare, record and send their performances. Combined average score of these two performances will decide the winners.

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 15th/16th October 2022. 


1st Prize

Rs.3,000/- + Appreciation Certificate + Trophy

2nd Prize

Rs.2,000/- + Appreciation Certificate

3rd Prize

Rs.1,000/- + Appreciation Certificate.

+ Plus +

Free .pdf version of N&S Book – “Lets Play Music” to all Top 25 Musicians.

Public felicitation of the Winners will be done at an event in Delhi (date shall be intimated in due course).

Success story of the Winner shall be published in this website and in CSR TIMES / ACHIEVERS’ WORLD magazine.

Performance videos of the winners shall be uploaded on our official YouTube channel.

Winners’ profiles shall be posted on our official Facebook and Instagram pages.

Prizes shall be credited into Bank Accounts of the winners. 

Trophy shall be sent by courier.

Digital Certificates shall be sent by emails.  



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. SantAkshat

A disciple of Pt. Rupak Kulkarni who is one of the leading Flautists in Mumbai music industry, SantAkshat is a promising and passionate Flutist. 

SantAkshat has performed live with celebrities Like Javed Ali, Sudesh Bhosle, Jolly Mukherjee, Sanjeevani Bhelande, Anandji (Kalyanji Anandji), Kailash Kher, Suresh Wadkar, Viju Shah, Annu Kapoor (Golden Era With Annu Kapoor), Rajesh Roshan, etc.   SantAkshat contributes in famous Music Companies like, Tips, Saregama, Shemaroo, Venus, T-Series and many more.  He also plays Flute for movies, TV Serials, Albums, and Commercials ads.  He does Live Concerts, Shows, Events such as, Musical Reality Shows, Mega Corporate Shows, etc.  

An exemplary Flutist who is deft at playing Bollywood songs on flute. He keeps sharing tips on how to play flute and, songs on flute through his YouTube Channel which is very popular among the flute players.  His YouTube channel has over 15k subscribers as on date.

Prashant Das

Prashant Das is a Delhi-based digital marketin professional and a self-taught flutist. Although he could not take any formal training in music, but with a deep-rooted love for music, he learnt to play songs on Bansuri all by himself by watching videos and reading books. He is playing Bansuri since 2012. Although he has no formal traning in music but by “God’s grace,” he says, “I can pick up almost any song on my Bansuri. 

His biggest achievement has been to assist London based Ms Zoya – the daughter of the legendary Ghazal singer Farida Khannum, in writing SARGAM notations of her 25 unreleased Ghazals, in the year 2019.

He has been organizing Notes & Sargam Online Instrumental Music Contest where amateur musicians come up with their talent which are viewed worldover through internet. “The objective to organize such events,” he says, “is to to promote musical instruments of all kind and to generate interest in music among the young generation who are otherwise drifting away from the rich Indian music culture.

With his self-learning experiences, he keeps guiding music lovers who wish to play songs on their Bansuri.

Our Associates

Indian Achievers' Forum

An organisation that felicitates outstanding Achievements by Indians 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.

By participating in this contest you confirm that the details submitted by you are true. You also confirm that you are not a professional musician. You understand that if the information and declaration provided by you is found to be incorrect at any stage of the contest, your candidature will become null and void with no further consideration. You  also give full consent that video/content provided by you for this contest will become available to the organisers for their promotional purposes through digital or print medium.

Clicking on submit button will take you to Razorpay – our official payment partner’s portal from where you can pay the registration charges.

© Copyright Reserved | Contest theme and format conceptualised by Brandmark Media

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

I'm looking for...

Thank you!  Please use the following options to make payment through UPI or Wallet to 9811093408

Request for Sargam Notations : INR 300
Book for beginners : INR 250
Book on RD Burman songs : INR 300 

Please share the screenshot at the same number, after making payment. On realisation of payment:
– Sargam Notations will be sent within 72 hours.
– Books in .pdf format will be sent within 24 hours.

Thank you!  Please use the following options to make payment through UPI or Wallet:
Click to Copy this number and pay through Wallets:

UPI Wallet Payment to Notes and Sargam
Pay to Notes and Sargam

Please share the screenshot at the same number, after making payment. On realisation of payment:

– Sargam Notations will be sent within 72 hours.
– Books in .pdf format will be sent within 24 hours.