The competition was hosted byAtlanta’s premier classical music organization, CAMAGA, in collaboration with Sri Shankara TV and Abhayam Creations of Chennai. The competition is intended to select a topmost youngster proficient and talented in Carnatic music from across the globe. In addition toAtlanta, the competition will be held in otherUScities such asChicago,Detroit,New York,Seattle,San Diego, andSan Joseand in countries such asSingapore,Dubai, andSydney,Australia. The winners from each of theUScities will compete on October 10th inDelawareto select theUSwinner. Eventually, the global final will be held inIndiato award the title of “Carnatic Samraat.”
The competition was judged by leading professional musicians- Chitraveena Ravikiran, Violinist Sri Nagai N. Murali, Chitraveena Ganesh, and Mridangist Sri Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan.
Sri Ravikiran is a child prodigy who began performing since the age of 12. He is one of the eminent instrumentalists in the world known for his contribution to both Indian music and other world music systems.
Sri Nagai Murali, violinist, is one of the top ranked violinists in the Carnatic music field today.
Sri Ganesh is both a well-known vocalist and a Chitraveena artist.
Sri Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan is a most sought-after percussionist who accompanies all the high profile artists in the Carnatic music field.