This was announced in today’s media launch held here, in conjunction with this ground-breaking competition. Since the commencement of the contest on 1st June 2009, entries are already streaming in from songwriters – amateurs and professionals alike. Closing date for entry submissions is 15th July 2009.
According to event organizer, M.Marren, “Our goal in staging this unique competition is to create a pool of enjoyable Deepavali songs in Tamil, with a nice catchy tune, that can help all of us celebrate Deepavali with a lot more fun together with our family and friends. Celebrating our festivals with music is a very Malaysian style – just like how it is for “lagu-lagu Raya”, Gong Xi Songs and even Christmas Carols. With Deepavali songs created by Deepa Raaga, we will be able to celebrate Deepavali in our usual muhibbah way. The Top 10 winning songs from this year’s Deepa Raaga contest will be made available to the public in time for Deepavali celebrations in October 2009.”
This unique songwriting contest will infact create a new genre of music for the world.
This is because, for Indians - not just in Malaysia but around the world - there has been a vacuum for festive songs to celebrate Deepavali. Instead we find that Indian movie songs or instrumental music is used to mark Deepavali celebrations on television or radio stations, and even our popular shopping malls. The same even at home.
Deepa Raaga is organized and promoted by Malaysia’s number 1 Indian entertainment club - Chakravartty’s, which is managed by Eastern Junction (M) Sdn Bhd. The event manager is Earth, Wind & Fire Advertising Sdn Bhd.
Contestants can now submit First Round entries by uploading them onto the event web portal- www.DeepaRaaga.com, or even making manual submission to the Secretariat office.
All information is available on the web portal. There is no limit to number of entries and there is also NO ENTRY FEE! “I want to make it really easy for every songwriter to take part in this contest, and be able to share their talents with the world” said Marren. The closing date for this submission in 15th July 2009.
In staging this Contest, the Organizers have stressed on the quality of the compositions that will be selected for the final stages. For this, a panel of top quality judges has been commissioned. This panel of 3 judges, consists of Malaysia’s highly talented and multi-award winning sitar and tabla musicians, Samuel J Dass and Prakash Kandasamy. Both are no strangers to the international music world, having also cut individual and collaborative albums. The third judge is Babu Loganaatan, who is a well known performer in the South Indian music industry. He is also the scion of the iconic Tamil movie playback singer of yesteryear – Trichi Loganathan. All three have had substantial experiences in judging musical talent contests.
From the open pool of the First Round entries, the judges will select the best 30 for the semi-finals which will be held at Chakravartty’s in Kuala Lumpur between the 3rd and 5th of August 2009. From this semi-finals, the Top 10 will be selected for the Grand Finals to be held on 6th September 2009. The venue for the Finals will be announced later.
The winner judged to be the Best Of The Best, with the Best Song, will win RM25,000 cash. The first and second runners-up will win RM15,000 and RM12,500 respectively. The other 7 finalists will win RM5,000 each.