The 8th edition of the ‘Citi – NCPA Scholarship for Advanced Training in Hindustani Music’ open for applications

The 2016-17 edition to feature scholarships for advanced training in Hindustani Music:
Vocal – khayal, dhrupad and Melody Instruments –sitar, sarod, violin, flute, harmonium etc.

New Delhi, March, 2016: The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai and Citi India, jointly invite applications for the 8th edition of the ‘Citi-NCPA Scholarship for Advanced Training in Hindustani Music’ under the aegis of the ‘Citi-NCPA Guru Shishya Program’ aimed at the preservation and propagation of Hindustani music to the next generation.

The highlight of the 2016 edition will be the scholarships for the advanced training in Hindustani Music in Melody Instruments –sitar, sarod, violin, flute, harmonium etc.

Since its inception, the Citi-NCPA Music Scholarship program has remained focused on strengthening and furthering the major components of the ecosystem of Hindustani music in the country.

In 2015-16, 290 applicants from across the country applied for the scholarships. 96 applicants were shortlisted for auditions at the NCPA Mumbai and nine applicants were awarded the scholarship.

Now in its 8th year, the Citi-NCPA Guru Shishya Scholarship Program has so far helped enable 20 scholars build their expertise and skill, while increasing awareness and deepening interest in Hindustani classical music.

This year, the scholarship aims to support nine scholars in the age group of 18 to 30 (as off 1st March 2016) through a year-long (2016-2017) scholarship for advanced training in Hindustani Music in Vocals (Khayal, Dhrupad) and Melody Instruments (sitar, sarod, violin, flute, harmonium etc.).

Through its longstanding partnership, both Citi and NCPA are deeply committed to preserve, nurture and promote India’s rich cultural heritage, keeping the Guru-Shishya tradition at the heart of each of its four joint programs:
i. The ‘Citi-NCPA Guru-Shishya program’ that supports eminent gurus to nurture disciples in the discipline of the musical art form they specialize in.
ii. The ‘Citi-NCPA Music Scholarship’ that supports deserving students of music in their pursuit of Hindustani classical music
iii. The ‘Citi-NCPA Aadi Anant’ traveling music festival that offers the community at large an opportunity to experience Indian classical music maestros as well as upcoming musicians on a single stage.
iv. The ‘Citi-NCPA Music for Schools’ program aimed at nurturing an interest in music amongst young children

Application process:

Candidates are required to submit a written application in an envelope marked ‘Citi – NCPA Scholarship for Hindustani Music’, to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 or mail to on or before March 31, 2016. The application must contain details regarding the individual’s name, date of birth, address, contact number/alternate contact number, professional qualification, email ID, music teachers/gurus, number of years of training and details of achievements/prizes/scholarships and performances, amongst other noteworthy details. The shortlisted candidates will be informed via email or telephone. They will be required to appear for an audition at the NCPA, Mumbai in the month of April- May 2016.

The value of each of the scholarships will be INR 90,000 for the period of one year. Further, the scholarship will be provided to the students in monetary form to train under their respective teachers/institutions. The decision of the NCPA Selection Committee will be final.

Eligibility criteria:

Students who are benefiting from any other NCPA scholarship in the year 2016-17 are not eligible to apply. Also, applicants should not be working as professional musicians.

Winning Prize:

Nine scholarships of INR 90,000 each to be awarded for the year 2016-2017

Scholarships to be awarded for advanced training in Hindustani Music in Vocals (Khayal, Dhrupad) and Melody Instruments (sitar, sarod, violin, flute, harmonium etc.)

Application to be sent to the NCPA before March 31, 2016.

Candidates between 18 – 30 years of age are eligible to apply

About the NCPA:

Opening its doors to the world in 1969, the NCPA became the first multi-venue and multi-purpose cultural centre to be built in South Asia. Vibrant and diverse, the NCPA today is recognized by artistes, patrons and media alike as India’s premier performing arts institution. The Centre provides a fine showcase for India’s rich performing arts traditions, all thanks to the institution’s training and research initiatives.

The NCPA presents over 600 events each year across all major art forms, most notably Hindustani Music, International Music, Theatre and Film, Dance, and Literature, Visual Arts and Photography. There are Heads of Programming for each of these art forms who curate innovative events and festivals; representative of everything from classical to contemporary throughout the year. The NCPA produces its own programmes as well as collaborates with leading cultural promoters from around the world. NCPA is the only member organisation of the International Music Council (IMC) from India.

About Citi:

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

About Citi India:

Citi India offers consumers including Non Resident Hindustanis, corporates and financial institutions, a comprehensive range of financial products and services. These include retail banking, mortgage finance, credit cards, personal loans, corporate and investment banking, foreign exchange, securities brokerage, transaction services and wealth management. Citi India operates 45 retail branches in 28 cities and serves more than 2.3 million customers ranging from India’s top corporate houses, multinationals operating in India, SME’s, self-employed entrepreneurs, households and individuals. Citi India has leading market shares in a number of areas in India’s banking industry, including credit cards, distribution of mutual funds, e-commerce banking, investment banking and foreign exchange. In addition, Citi India through its network of Citi Service Centres has been a leading offshoring unit for Citigroup globally, providing employment opportunities in the areas of technology, processing, analytics and financial processes.

Citi India is also committed to enabling socio-economic progress in the communities where we live and work. Since 1999, Citi Foundation through its partnerships, has helped further the financial inclusion agenda through education, and has created livelihood opportunities for youth and marginalized families in India. In addition, Citi has been committed to preserving India’s heritage through its programs focused on art and culture. These efforts, over the past 16 years, have benefited more than 2.5 million people across the country. Citi India continues to promote an inclusive and responsible society through its various CSR initiatives.