2014 Finals: Siddhant Jain, Ryal Sequira and Aren Longchari © Chris Burchell

Call for Entries: All India FingerStyle Competition 2016

Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat
Competition & Concert
Deadline for entries: Wednesday, 15 September 2016.
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
No registration fee

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something that needs to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music” – Jimi Hendrix

We are happy to participate once again in the All India FingerStyle Competition presented by Infinite Souls. This event is in its 2nd edition and in the words of the organisers: “We were very happy and glad to be supported by the Goethe-Institut for World Guitar Nights/All India FingerStyle Guitar 2014. Because it was such a success we would like to make it a permanent biennial event. It really helps the young growing musicians of India and opens up a whole world for them to be part of. The winner of All India FingerStyle Guitar Competition ended up with a record deal with Acoustic Music, Germany and many international concerts with the top fingerstyle guitarists of the world. Have a look at this clip for a feel of what the Festival was about.

This is now a biennial event, open to all Indian guitarists! The last date for entries is Wednesday, 25 September 2016.

Ridu Shaw (Kolkata) - 2014 Winner © Chris Burchell
Ridu Shaw (Kolkata) – 2014 Winner © Chris Burchell

Guitarist/Composer Konarak Reddy hosts the second All India FingerStyle Competition in October 2016 in Bangalore in association with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and as part of Infinite Souls’ World Guitar Nights concerts and Guitar Clinic.

Friday, 7 October 2016: All India FingerStyle winner announcements.
Friday, 21 & Saturday, 22 October 2016: World Guitar Nights at Windmills Craftworks.
Sunday, 23 October 2016: Day – Guitar Clinic at Infinite Souls.
Sunday, 23 October 2016: Night – All India FingerStyle Finalists concert and announcement of winner at BFlat.

The panel of judges for 2016 includes Ahmed-El-Salamouny (Germany), Don Ross (Canada), Lior Yekutieli (Israel) and Konarak Reddy (India). They also form the performers line up for World Guitar Nights.

The 1st Prize Winner gets an amazing Avian Guitar donated by Dream Guitars, North Carolina, a free Guitar Clinic with the 4 judges, hospitality at Infinite Souls and backstage passes to World Guitar Nights. The 2nd and 3rd places will get hospitality at Infinite Souls and a free Guitar Clinic with the 4 judges.

To enter, submit two 5-minute Youtube videos, your name, age, contact details and photograph to: [email protected]. (Subject: All India FingerStyle Entrant).