Naman Sajan Piya Contest

Participate in this vocal contest and win a chance to sing to the maestro Shankar Mahadevan and the guru Vidushi Lalith J Rao! The winning rendition would also be recorded and published on the Shankar Mahadevan Academy website.   
  • There are two categories of participation
    • Below 13 years of age as on Nov 1, 2018 
    • Above 13 years
  • In the above 13 years category singers who are direct disciples of the performers on the Naman Sajan Piya website are NOT allowed to submit entries for this contest. 

Contest Highlights

  • The rubric indicates the criteria with levels of achievement on which the rendition will be evaluated. A jury consisting of SMA teachers and the Naman Sajan Piya performers will evaluate each entry.
  • Any complaints related to the feedback will be addressed according to the discretion of the Academy. Please write to in case of any queries. 


Steps to Participate
Step 1 - Go to and learn any of the 68 compositions by Ustad Khadim Hussain rendered by the disciples of Vidushi Lalith J Rao.  

Step 2 - You can listen to all 68 compositions on the  Listen to Learn ( Android  |  iOS )  App for free. Download all 68 compositions here.

Step 3 - Choose any one composition - the course material is free for self-study. You may sign up for classes if you wish to learn from our instructors. Participant has to present an introductory Alap, the Bandhish - Sthayi and Antara, and improvisation within the Bandish based on the Raga. 

Step 4 - Upload your entry on the Naman Sajan Piya Contest Page before February 28th, 2019 5:00 PM IST. 

Read Terms & Conditions before uploading your entries. 

Terms & Conditions

  • Only renditions of Sajan Piya's Composition will be considered as valid entries for the contest, submission of any other songs/composition will not qualify for evaluation
  • Contestant should present an introductory Alap, the Bandhish - Sthayi and Antara, and improvisation within the Bandhish based on the Raga. 
  • The rendition should be accompanied by tanpura and tabla. Live accompaniment or electronic are allowed. 
  • The maximum duration of the rendition should not exceed 20 minutes.
  • File size should not exceed 15MB. 
  • Acceptable file format: mp3, m4a, wma, amr, wav.
  • You can upload/record only a single rendition of your song for feedback. Please ensure that you upload the correct file. No requests for changing the file that is submitted initially will be entertained.
  • Each submission gives you access to feedback for one rendition only. Multiple songs will be considered as separate entries and the contest enrollment will be per entry.
  • The uploaded content will not be returned to the student and will be archived. The Academy reserves the right to use the rendition as it deems fit.