These were started in 1961, thanks to the vision of late Sri.V.K. Dhage and Mrs.Tehminabai Dhage,to spotlight talent and encourage young and amateur artistes in the representative classical North and South Indian Styles of Music and Dance and to promote national integration on the cultural plane.

These competitions are sponsored by the Y.M.C.A., Hyderabad and conducted by Navya Nataka Samiti.

Sri. Ch.V.P Murthy Raju, then MLA and later minister for Endowments, Andhra Pradesh donated the 5 Rolling Trophies, to be awarded to the first prize winners in the Senior sections. These were named after the late Niranjan Shaw, who as the secretary of the Hyderabad YMCA, did pioneering work for the spread of fine arts when these were looked down upon in the Nizam's State.

The first Competitions were conducted in 1961.Since then, over 15,000 participants from various parts of India took part in these competitions, so far, even from far of places like Delhi, Khairagarh, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bhilai, Raipur, Bangalore, Goa, Mandya, Mysore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Trivandrum,etc., not to mention several places from with in Andhra Pradesh. Everyyear about 400 young artistes participate in the following disciplines.

MUSIC : Karnatak : Vocal, Veena, Violin and Mridangam
Hindustani : Vocal, Sitar and Tabla


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